Contemporary Ophthalmology of Erie is pleased to offer a comprehensive range of the most advanced forms of laser eye surgery available in an environment where you can expect compassionate, customized care. Our doctors understand that not all patients who want to see clearly without having to rely on contacts or glasses are good candidates for LASIK, which is why we offer PRK eye surgery at our Erie, Pennsylvania clinic and surgical center. Our well-trained and talented staff will work hand-in-hand with Dr. Levin and Dr. Sabherwal every step of the way, from the initial examination to recovery, to ensure your comfort, safety, and satisfaction.
PRK is designed to correct your vision and reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts. Similar to LASIK eye surgery, PRK is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Levin permanently changes the shape and curvature of your cornea to improve your vision. Unlike LASIK, where a small flap is created under the corneal epithelium and then sealed closed once the cornea has been reshaped, during PRK eye surgery at our Erie, Pennsylvania facility and surgical center, the protective outer layer of the cornea is completely removed and discarded. During your healing period, the epithelium will grow back naturally and protect the newly reshaped cornea. Otherwise, PRK is identical to LASIK; Dr. Levin will use the same excimer laser used in LASIK to correct the flaws in the shape of the cornea that are responsible for your visual errors.
A Safe Procedure
There are several benefits to having PRK surgery. PRK is preferred by some patients over LASIK because LASIK involves cutting a flap in the cornea, causing a patient to be at risk for developing an infection.
The surgical procedure is painless but, in some cases, patients have reported feeling a bit of discomfort during the procedure when the surgeon is removing the outer layer of the cornea. Because Dr. Levin wipes away this protective layer before reshaping the cornea, patients may experience some irritation.
The top layer of the cornea generally regenerates in a matter of days thanks to the rapid reproduction of skin cells in your eye. Because of the dramatic change in your vision following surgery, you may develop dry eye syndrome.
Patients will achieve noticeable results immediately after surgery, but they may have to wait up to six months to experience optimal results. After undergoing PRK at our Erie surgical center, most patients are able to resume normal activities within 24 hours. It is important that you care for your eyes according to the instructions provided by Dr. Levin following PRK surgery. Dr. Levin prescribes eye drops for patients to provide their eyes with additional moisture, recommends that patients avoid exposure to sunlight and limit the amount of strain they place on their eyes, and suggests adding vitamins and omega 3supplements to their daily intake regimen during the first few weeks post surgery.
The eye care professionals at our surgery center in Erie, Pennsylvania provide general ophthalmology treatments as well as LASIK, glaucoma surgery, cataract surgery, and near vision and far vision corrective procedures that can enhance your vision significantly. If you are ready to make an amazing change in your life, contact Contemporary Ophthalmology of Erie today!