It is a common misconception that once a patient has been disqualified from undergoing LASIK surgery, they are bound to a life of glasses and contacts. In fact, the PRK procedure performed at New England Eye Center's Boston, Wellesley, and Leominster locations provides those who can't undergo LASIK a chance to permanently and dramatically improve their vision.
PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, is designed to reduce your dependency on corrective eyewear by changing the shape of the cornea to make your vision more accurate. Because it predates LASIK, PRK is often discounted as the lesser procedure. On the contrary, while PRK may be your only option, it might also be your best option, depending on your lifestyle and ocular condition. We will perform a comprehensive eye exam and have an in-depth conversation regarding your treatment plan during your consultation to ensure that PRK is right for you. Please contact our Boston, Wellesley, or Leominster office to schedule your consultation today.
Understanding the Procedure
PRK involves a simple, straightforward procedure that is done in a matter of minutes. A few anesthetic drops will be used to prevent discomfort during the surgery; in some cases, a mild sedative can also be used. Once you're comfortable, your doctor will position your eye under the excimer laser. This laser is guided by wavefront technology, which gives us a highly detailed map of your eye, allowing us to tailor your treatment specifically to you. The excimer laser will be used to ablate the surface layer of the cornea and sculpt the corneal tissue to correct your vision problem.
After the procedure is complete, a bandage contact lens, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic eye drops will be used to help your eye heal. The lenses should be used for two or three days after the surgery, giving your cornea time to heal, and ensuring that you experience optimal results. Topical medication or other drops may be needed for up to six months following the surgery.
Education and Experience
At New England Eye Center, we have continued to hone our skills and expand our knowledge about PRK so that our patients can have the most comfortable experience and enjoy the most accurate results. Our doctors perform a large number of PRK procedures, and we are able to provide PRK at our Boston, Wellesley, and Leominster offices just as readily and successfully as we perform LASIK or other laser surgeries, giving us an advantage over our competitors.
Learn More about PRK
At New England Eye Center, we are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and are willing to go to great lengths to ensure that your treatment plan includes strategies that address each one of your visual impairments and concerns. We look forward to meeting with you and showing you how PRK could change your vision forever. Contact our laser eye surgery center today.