Laser Eye Surgery, PRK, LASIK
| Top Ten Reasons for PRK
Who can and who can't have this procedure?
PRK is not for everyone. There are a few medical conditions that some people have that make them poor candidates for this procedure. These conditions are rare and can be detected during your pre-procedure examination with what is called a Corneal Map. If a condition exists, it is not wise to proceed and you will be told.
Additionally, a condition brought on by the aging process called presbyopia, cannot be treated. Presbyopia, simply defined, is the loss of flexibility of your eye lens, causing many people to need reading glasses as they get older.
However, most people can have PRK. After (these conditions) have been ruled out, there are few impediments to a successful procedure.
Following is a short quiz that will give you an idea if you are a possible candidate for PRK. From here, professional advice from a qualified eye surgeon is required.
Look at your answers. If you answered mostly a's you are probably a very good candidate. If you answered mostly b's then you may not be, but don't discount it until you have checked it out thoroughly. It may be that you can have PRK, but with lower expectations as to the possibility of being able to see 20/20 after the procedure. It may be that a realistic correction for you to expect is 20/40. This may be completely acceptable to you and your lifestyle.
I would like to have this procedure done. Can I walk in to a clinic and have it done today?
No. There are some pre-operative procedures that must be completed beforehand. If you are over 40 it is important that you understand that to date PRK cannot correct the need to wear glasses for reading (presbyopia). The tests that must be completed before your PRK procedure are:
It is essential that contact lenses are removed for the appropriate time before testing.
What is the best method for correcting vision errors?
There is no "best" method for correcting vision errors. The most appropriate correction for you depends on your eyes and your lifestyle. You should discuss you situation with your ophthalmologist or eye doctor to decide which correction will be most effective for you. Or, contact Dr. Murray at
M2@prk.com. See bottom of this page for additional contact information.
What are some alternate methods of treating vision errors?
Dr. Murray McFadden Email: M2@prk.com
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