About PRK Surgery
PRK surgery is a type of laser vision correction that treats the surface of the eye. Unlike LASIK Surgery, a corneal flap isn’t made. At EyeSight Hawaii, we use the latest technology for our pre-operative exams and vision correction procedures including LASIK and PRK surgery. All consultations, surgeries and post-operative examinations are performed by corneal specialist Dr. John Olkowski.
PRK Surgery Pre-Operative Examination
PRK surgery pre-operative examinations are just as important as the actual surgery. During these exams, we gather the information that is used for surgery including measuring corneal thickness and pupil size and dilating the pupils to examine the retina. EyeSight Hawaii is the only laser eye center in Hawaii to perform VISX WaveScan measurements before all laser vision correction procedures. The VISX WaveScan maps your entire visual system in an extremely advanced way that was never before possible and creates a “Fingerprint of your vision”. The WaveScan system produces a very accurate and objective measurement of each patient’s vision which leads to better results.
Laser Vision Correction: PRK Surgery
For all of our laser vision correction procedures, we use the VISX Star S4 IR excimer laser which has the only FDA-approved 3-Dimensional tracking system. There is no need to worry if your eye moves because the laser will follow resulting in more safety and accuracy for the patient.
Numbing drops are used prior to surgery then tiny layers of the cornea are removed. The VISX Star S4 IR excimer laser corrects the vision and then a contact lens is put on the eye which will act as a bandage. This contact is removed about 3-4 days after surgery.
PRK Surgery Post-Operative Examinations
Post-operative exams after PRK Surgery are extremely important. This is when we can see how the eyes are healing. If you ever have any concerns about your PRK surgery, we are more than happy to take a look at your eyes at any time.
LASIK surgery vs PRK surgery
Disadvantages of PRK surgery are more post-operative discomfort, a slower recovery and the risk of hazing on the surface of the eye. PRK is most useful for patients with corneas that are too thin for LASIK, or who are otherwise not candidates for LASIK.
EyeSight Hawaii offers obiligation-free, complimentary PRK and LASIK consultations.