What is PRK?
If you are in Los Angeles, CA and looking into correcting mild to moderate cases of near sightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, then you might want to consider a PRK or a Photo Refractive Keratectomy. PRK is a laser vision correction procedure introduced after the famous LASIK procedure.
Dr. Kagan uses laser vision correction in Los Angeles, CA to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism through reshaping the cornea so that the light passing through it onto the retina will have better focus, but there are several techniques that can be used to achieve this. PRK utilizes laser Excimer technology to correct visual impairments, but unlike LASIK vision correction, PRK corrects your vision by reshaping the cornea without creating a flap.
What benefits will patients in Los Angeles, CA get from a PRK?
PRK procedure is very accurate and safe especially in correcting farsightedness and astigmatism. About 99% of Dr. Kagan’s patients who have PRK no longer need glasses or contacts.
PRK will benefit those with thin corneal tissues who are not able to qualify for LASIK treatments. Since the PRK procedure accesses the cornea through the removal of the entire epithelial layer, the risk of corneal flap complications is removed because there is no flap. PRK also significantly reduces the possibility of dry eye after the procedure.
What is a PRK procedure like for patients in Los Angeles, CA?
A PRK procedure performed in our office in Los Angeles, CA is done using topical anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Numbing eye drops will be applied. The Excimer laser will be directed over the eye and is programmed according to the patient’s exact prescription. Patients will be asked to look at a target light while the laser sends pulses of light that reshapes the cornea.
After the procedure, patients will wear a bandage contact lens to allow the surface to heal. The bandage contact lens will be removed by Dr. Kagan.
Dr. Kagan’s patients in Los Angeles, CA should expect their vision to fluctuate between blurry and clear for the first few weeks after the PRK procedure. Their vision will gradually improve and they can expect to achieve their desired vision between 4 weeks to 3 months after the PRK procedure.
Could I benefit from a procedure?
Most generally healthy individuals may be able to benefit from a PRK procedure. It is important to approach the treatment with a solid understanding of the process as well as realistic expectations. A consultation with our professionals at either of California locations can help you better understand what is impacting your vision, your treatment options, and what to expect from the entire process.
Schedule a consultation!
Concerned about what may be impacting your vision and how to best treat it? Contact us today at Kagan Institute and schedule your consultation to learn more about PRK! Dr. Arkady Kagan and his professional staff proudly serve California with locations in Encino and Los Angeles. We look forward to helping you better understand your experiences and how to best treat them.