Vision PRK in Houston, TX
Several procedures are available in the field of vision correction that may be used to correct nearsightedness. At Eye Excellence, board-certified ophthalmologist Mary T. Green, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., offers various options for patients residing in Houston, Missouri City or the surrounding areas in Texas. PRK may be recommended for our patients with very thin corneas who may not be ideal candidates for LASIK.
What Is PRK (Photo Refractive Keratectomy)?
PRK, or Photo Refractive Keratectomy, is an alternative method of vision correction for vision problems, such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. This type of laser treatment was used before the LASIK technique became available. It is still used as a vision correction option for certain patients who have thin corneas, for which the LASIK procedure would be inadvisable. PRK requires a slightly longer recovery time but provides good results for vision correction. Dr. Green can determine if the PRK technique is right for your vision correction needs.
The PRK Procedure
In the PRK procedure, the surgeon will administer eye drops to numb the patient’s eyes prior to the procedure. A think layer of cells (which regenerate) on the eye surface are gently removed. The lower level of the eye tissue is then treated with the laser beam to reshape the cornea to the correct prescription for your eyes. Patients generally feel no discomfort during the procedure. The eyes are then treated with special drops and a clear bandage contact lens is placed over the eye surface, through which the patient can see. This bandage is left on the eyes for several days to allow the surface cells to regenerate.
PRK Post-Treatment Care
After the procedure, most patients may experience blurriness during the healing process. Minor discomfort and a feeling of “grittiness” in the eye are also reported, but these symptoms disappear within 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Within one to two weeks after surgery, patients generally see a significant improvement in their vision.
PRK Expected Results
The PRK procedure has provided good results for eye patients for over two decades. In clinical trials in the United States, the procedure produced 100 percent improvement in vision. Two-thirds of the patients in the study achieved 20/20 vision. Generally, the results reach 20/40 vision levels or better in most patients. The state-of-the-art technology, experience, safety and integrity at Eye Excellence can help you achieve better visual acuity for your life’s work and play activities, without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
How Much Does PRK Cost in Houston?
- Even if your insurance plan doesn’t cover vision correction, you can use cash, a credit card, or approved financing for payment.
- Choose from no-interest plans, extended payment options up to 48 months and no down payment.
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Contact Eye Excellence today to consult with the caring eye professionals who can help patients in Houston, Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas improve their vision and their lives.