LASIK & PRK
Laser Eye Surgery
LASIK Surgery is a type of laser eye surgery called “lamellar eye surgery” because it is performed between the layers of corneal tissue. This is accomplished by creating a very thin flap of corneal tissue that can be lifted and the laser energy applied, followed by returning of the flap to its original position without the need for sutures or stitches. LASIK offers patients a laser vision correction procedure with minimal discomfort and a quick visual recovery.
LASIK surgery is quite “patient friendly” in that it permits the healing and visual recovery process to be quick and predictable for most patients. For a few days after your LASIK Eye Surgery, you will need to be careful not to rub or bump your eyes too much. It is expected that you will have a mild “sandy” or “gritty” sensation during the first day or so after your LASIK surgery. This is normal. Your doctor and the staff will give you complete instructions regarding eye drops and medications to use to help the healing and visual recovery process.
We will require that you return for scheduled follow-up visits either at our office or with your primary eye doctor to check the healing process, regardless of how well you think you are doing. Most LASIK patients at Hudson Eye Physicians & Surgeons are able to pass the NJMVC Vision test without eyeglasses or contacts within a day or so after their LASIK Surgery with our eye surgeons.
About PRK Eye Surgery
For some patients PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is the preferred type of Laser Eye Surgery. PRK has been performed in the United States since 1995 and as such has withstood the test of time in terms of safety, efficacy and predictability. The PRK procedure is somewhat similar to LASIK in that a laser is used to reshape the cornea in order to correct your vision. The key difference between PRK and LASIK is that no “flap” is created during PRK. Instead, the laser is used to produce your optical correction by reshaping the outermost surface of the cornea, rather than under a flap, as in LASIK. PRK requires the removal of a thin layer of the corneal epithelium, which may produce varying degrees of temporary discomfort for up to a few days after your treatment. In general, PRK provides a slower visual recovery than LASIK.
With PRK, we will often prescribe additional medications and a thin, soft bandage contact lens to make you more comfortable for a few days after your treatment. PRK has a distinct place for some patients. PRK is recommended for those patients:
- Whose corneas are too thin to have LASIK safely
- Whose corneas display evidence of scarring from infection or trauma
- Who are in certain military assignments or roles and who are active or reserve military personnel.
You should feel free to discuss any fears, concerns, questions or thoughts about Laser Eye Surgery procedures for Laser Vision Correction with your eye doctor or the staff. Our staff is available to answer any questions or to address any needs you may have regarding Laser Vision Correction at Hudson Eye Physicians & Surgeons, and we will be pleased to spend whatever time is necessary to review any information about the LASIK or PRK procedures, what to expect on surgery day, follow-up care, fees and affordable “no money down” easy monthly payment plans that will fit into your budget.