Laser Vision Delaware is where we can help you go through your PRK procedure smoothly and safely. For more information, contact us at (302) 656-2020.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser eye procedure that treats astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia. PRK aims to change the shape of your cornea by applying a cool ultraviolet beam on your eye’s surface. Understanding if your eye condition qualifies for PRK is vital. Because of this, you should know the following.
PRK targets your cornea because this part of your eye is responsible for bending (refracting) light. It then focuses light on the center of your retina. To enhance your vision, PRK changes the shape of your cornea. This procedure can benefit you if you have the following eye conditions:
Hyperopia/Hypermetropia. Statistics show that farsightedness affects a fourth of the world’s population. If you have hyperopia, you can see faraway objects clearly. Yet when you look at something near you, it is not clear at all. People with hypermetropia usually have eyestrain, eye fatigue, and headaches. They also squint a lot when they look at something up close.
Astigmatism. This vision problem results from either a misshapen cornea (corneal astigmatism) or a natural lens that has an irregularly shaped curve (lenticular astigmatism). This usually changes the way the light bends in your retina. That is why you have distorted or blurry vision. You can get astigmatism at birth, but it can also develop after surgery or an injury.
High Myopia. If you have high myopia, you have a severe kind of nearsightedness. This condition can be due to other eye ailments. Once you get myopia as a child, the condition usually gets worse as you get older. You also have a high risk of developing other serious eye conditions like cataracts, retinal detachment, and glaucoma.
Aside from the eye condition that you have, your eye expert can recommend PRK for you based on the thickness of your cornea. PRK does not need a flap. Eye experts recommend this for people with thin corneas. If you have a thick cornea, then LASIK® is a better option for you.
If you have dry eye syndrome, then PRK is the right laser eye surgery for you. Dry eye symptoms usually get worse when you have LASIK because of the required flap.
Since PRK doesn’t need a flap, it is good for people who are engaged in the military or in manufacturing industries. It is also best if you like to engage in high-intensity activities such as car racing, football, baseball, or basketball. If your eye gets hit or bumped forcefully, you won’t have to worry about the flap moving out of its ideal position.
You may experience a longer recovery time when your PRK surgery finishes, but it is an effective solution to certain eye issues. Laser Vision Delaware is where we can help you go through your PRK procedure smoothly and safely. Please see us at our clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, if you want an in-person consultation. You can also call us at 302-656-2020 for appointment scheduling or inquiries about our PRK treatment packages.