During the LASIK surgery, Dr. Saimovici creates and pulls back a thin corneal flap, and then reshapes the cornea under the flap. In PRK, he simply reshapes the surface of the cornea. The recovery period following PRK is a little longer, but patients who don’t qualify for LASIK may be eligible for this procedure.
PRK is the treatment of choice for a variety of patients, including:
Some patients choose PRK over LASIK because they have anxiety about the corneal flap procedure.
There are several steps Dr. Saimovici will ask patients to take leading up to surgery:
In many cases, yes. The only way to determine eligibility is to schedule a consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist, such as Dr. Saimovici.
The eye is numbed using numbing drops before the procedure to ensure patients don’t experience pain.
In the days following surgery, you’ll need to get plenty of rest to allow the eye to heal. You may experience itching, discomfort, or minor pain, but these symptoms alleviate after just a few days. Nighttime eye protection and scheduled eye drops are also required during recovery.
You won’t be able to drive immediately following the procedure, so you’ll only be released when a driver is present. However, many patients feel comfortable driving as early as the next day.
Some follow-up is required after the procedure. Each patient is different, but an average follow-up schedule includes several visits: one the week after surgery; another one after three weeks; and yet another one six weeks after surgery.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!