PRK Eye Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What should I expect before PRK eye surgery?
A. First there will be a FREE screening exam to make sure you are a good candidate for PRK eye surgery. At that visit you will meet only with Dr. Gold, who will use pictures and models to fully explain the procedure after performing a series of scans to be sure you are a good candidate. If you are found to be a good candidate, the next step will be to schedule your pre-op exam. At that time, you will get the most detailed eye exam you've ever had. You will have a thorough discussion of the risks and benefits with the doctor.
Q. Can I have both eyes done at the same time?
A. Yes, most patients have both eyes done at the same time, but this choice is clearly up to the patient. If you choose to do the eyes separately, there will be about one month between the two procedures.
Q. How does refractive surgery work?
A. This works by changing the shape of the cornea with the laser. The doctor uses the laser to change where the light rays entering the eye focus. The focal point is moved back for nearsightedness and forward for farsightedness.
Q. What is an enhancement surgery after PRK eye surgery?
A. A very small percentage of eyes do not achieve the desired correction with the initial procedure. For these eyes, an enhancement or "touch-up" or "fine-tuning", can bring about the desired result.
Q. What are the advantages of PRK eye surgery?
A. PRK eye surgery is safer than LASIK because there is no cutting involved. The surface cells are removed with a blunt-tipped mechanical device called an Epi-Keratome and they then grow back over the next several days, conforming to the new shape which has been created during the laser portion of the procedure.
Q. How important is the choice of a doctor?
A. It is critical to choose a surgeon who has done thousands of procedures so he/she is beyond the “learning curve”. Dr. Gold has performed over 12,000 Laser Vision Correction procedures. It is highly important to have your surgery performed by the same person who does your work-up and will also do your postoperative care.
Q. What restrictions will I have during the post-op period?
A. The only restrictions after PRK eye surgery include 1) Do not rub your eyes. 2) Do not get shower water in your face; turn your back to the streaming water. 3) Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke. 4) Avoid swimming for at least one week. All other activities are OK to do including reading, computer use, exercising, watching TV, going out to dinner, etc.
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