Is PRK Right for You?

PRK in CT has been proven to be an effective treatment for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and the need for cheaters. 

While many people have heard about LASIK, the fact is that photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) was the first technique developed that used lasers to correct the shape of the cornea. Changing the shape of the cornea can eliminate the majority of visual problems that people are born with and that develop as people age.

There are benefits to opting for PRK in Connecticut and there are precautions that must be taken to make the procedure as successful as possible. The most recent comparative studies have shown that PRK has a 95 percent success rate based on patient evaluations of improvements in their vision at six months, one year, and two years after the procedure. 

Benefits

Works for patients who are not candidates for LASIK

Many people do not have thick enough corneal tissue to undergo LASIK. LASIK requires enough corneal tissue to create a corneal flap. The same results can be achieved with PRK. PRK works better for people with chronic dry eyes. PRK works for people with large pupils.

An inherently safer procedure

PRK involves less invasive surgery to achieve results. All surgery has potential risks. Shorter and less invasive procedures are safer. The only part of the body that is touched is the surface of the cornea, which is gently and painlessly reshaped with the cold Excimer Laser, which reshapes the cornea by breaking molecular bonds in the corneal collagen.  In 50 years of performing eye surgery, Dr. Gold believes PRK to be the safest procedure he has ever learned, simply because there is absolutely no cutting involved.

PRK is fast

The operation takes 4-5 minutes for each eye and is painless. You will spend about 20 minutes in the operating room and about one hour in the office that day. Preparation of the patent is much longer than the actual procedure. LASIK is a slightly longer procedure due to the cutting and manipulation of corneal tissue.

PRK has fewer side effects

LASIK is known to create more severe and longer lasting dry eye than PRK. In the latter, the eyes will be drier than before for a matter of months.  We treat the dryness with artificial tear eye drops and oral Omega III.

PRK can be repeated

PRK usually works perfectly the first time. In the rare cases that good vision or near perfect vision is not restored the procedure can be repeated. If a touch-up is required following LASIK the safest way to achieve the correction is with PRK!  In most cases touch-ups or fine tunings can be performed following PRK.

PRK precautions

PRK is surgery and certain precautions must be taken for the procedure to produce the desired results. The precautions will be explained prior to the operation. The patient must follow the instructions and be honest about their lives so the procedure works for them.

Age

A person should be 18 years of age or older to be certain that the cornea has developed to a mature state.  Records of the eye exams from the three previous years should be studied to be sure that growth and change has finished. If the vision changes have been stable as proven by the last three years of eye exams, PRK can be done in 18 yer olds.  There is no upper age limit.

Stable vision and no cornea disease

A person must have the essentially the same vision as measured by standard tests for at least three years for PRK to work properly for them. Any disease of the cornea is a cause to postpone the procedure until the disease is cured. Extreme abnormalities of the cornea unfortunately prevent a person from benefiting from PRK.

No steroids

Steroid eye drops may slow down the healing process and can also produce erratic surgical results. Dr. Gold prescribes a synthetic steroid for the first few days and also a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drop as part of the pain prevention regimen. Some other medications can interfere with the procedure. The patient must inform the surgeon about all medications that they take.

Diseases

Autoimmune disease can interfere with healing. Diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis can cause complications in PRK surgery and recovery. Collagen vascular disease can the PRK procedure dangerous. If damage to the eye exists from glaucoma, this will prevent a person from being a candidate for PRK.

The surgeon must be aware of any disease that a patient has before the PRK procedure is performed. The idea is to prevent damage.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Gold can conduct a thorough evaluation and expand upon PRK eye surgery benefits and risks to determine if the procedure is right for you. Schedule your consultation today by contacting us online or calling us at (203) 281-5745.

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Dr. Gold is knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. His staff, wife included, were warm and helpful with all of my many questions. And at the end of the healing process, my vision is perfect with no glasses!!!! I am very happy I had PRK done! Joan T.

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Dr. Gold is knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. His staff, wife included, were warm and helpful with all of my many questions. And at the end of the healing process, my vision is perfect with no glasses!!!! I am very happy I had PRK done! Joan T.

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Dr. Gold is knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. His staff, wife included, were warm and helpful with all of my many questions. And at the end of the healing process, my vision is perfect with no glasses!!!! I am very happy I had PRK done! Joan T.