PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy, and is an effective form of laser treatment for individuals not suited to LASIK. This procedure involves the surgeon first manually removing the surface layer of cells on the cornea called the epithelium before the Excimer laser is applied to correct the refractive error.
A contact lens is placed over the eye for protection and to assist the healing process. Patients having PRK can expect to notice an improvement in their vision once the surface epithelium has healed – usually within 48-72 hours.
Astigmatism may have been present in your eyes for many years before your cataract surgery and you may have needed to wear distance glasses all that time.
It is possible to correct Astigmatism and other optical problems by reshaping the Cornea with PRK.
Many people don’t mind wearing glasses but after PRK there is an opportunity to be spectacle independent for distance. In other words after the laser procedure you will only need reading glasses – what a lifestyle change!
Your ophthalmologist will be able to organise your referral to iLaser where you will be assessed for the suitability of the procedure at NO out of pocket cost.