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PRK uses an excimer laser to treat a wide range of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (blurred vision due to eye’s inability to focus). First approved by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) in 1995, it is preferred by many refractive surgeons for patients with larger pupils or thin corneas. The clear, protective layer (epithelium) over the cornea is removed, followed by reshaping the cornea using the excimer laser to the prescribed focusing power as determined by the surgeon. PRK
A protective contact lens bandage is placed on the eye following surgery for comfort and to protect it during the healing process. The epithelium usually heals within three to five days. With PRK, many patients choose to have their eyes done on separate days. Patients do notice an improvement in their vision after surgery, but also experience some blurriness during the epithelial healing process. With PRK, most patients are able to achieve 20/40 or better vision.
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