Photorefractive Keratectomy

HEALTH, Surgery

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a type of refractive surgery that uses a laser to treat vision problems caused by refractive errors. Here are the key details about PRK:

  1. Purpose and Procedure:
    • PRK aims to correct refractive errors by changing the shape of the cornea using a laser.
    • Unlike LASIK, PRK does not involve creating a flap in the cornea.
    • The procedure precisely removes and sculpts corneal tissue at the microscopic level using a computer-generated, cold laser beam.
  2. Indications:
    • PRK is used to treat:
      • Myopia (nearsightedness)
      • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
      • Astigmatism
  3. Candidate Requirements:
    • You should be 18 years or older (ideally over 21 when vision stabilizes).
    • Your eye prescription should not have changed in the last year.
    • Healthy corneas and overall good eye health are necessary.
    • Realistic expectations about PRK outcomes are essential.
  4. Advantages:
    • PRK is suitable for people with dry eyes or thin corneas.
    • It’s a better option for those with an active lifestyle or specific job requirements.
    • No corneal flap is created, reducing the risk of accidental flap dislodgement.
  5. Examination Process:
    • Your ophthalmologist will:
      • Check overall eye health.
      • Measure corneal thickness.
      • Assess pupil size.
      • Measure refractive error.

Salute indeed to Dr. Mah-Sadorra and the entire Operating Room (OR) staff for their skill, dedication, and teamwork in carrying out a successful procedure. Wishing the patient a smooth recovery and continued good health.