What Is Advanced PRK In Chelsea, New York, NY?
Advanced PRK is one of the treatment options that your New York, NY, LASIK doctor may recommend if you are looking to improve your vision without needing to wear glasses or contacts. Some of the benefits of Advanced PRK will be explored below, but you can learn more by getting in contact with Dr. Christopher Coad and Dr. Jay Yoon, and Dr. Alyssa Gard of Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology.
To understand how Advanced PRK works it's important to understand how LASIK itself works. While some may use the terms laser eye surgery and LASIK interchangeably, LASIK refers to a very specific treatment.
The procedure is separated into parts but its goal is to employ laser technology to reshape the cornea, to remove tissue that is creating the eye problems commonly addressed by LASIK.
To be able to properly target these tissues your doctor has to expose them, and this is typically done by creating a small circular flap that can be folded out to perform the treatment, and then folded back to its original position so that it can protect the eye as it heals.
Advanced Surface Ablation
Advanced PRK is short for Advanced Surface Ablation Photorefractive Keratectomy, also works by reshaping the cornea just as LASIK, the most noticeable difference is that with PRK no flap is created.
Your doctor instead removes the epithelium, the outer surface of the cornea, to correct these same vision problems, and the work is completed by using a soft contact lens to provide similar protection as the flap.
Candidates for Advanced PRK
Patients who are ideal candidates for PRK will be at least 18 years old, have a stable eye prescription that hasn’t changed in a year and have healthy corneas. Those patients who lead an active lifestyle may be better candidates for PRK over LASIK surgery because PRK does not require making a micro-flap in the cornea, which could later become dislodged during certain intense physical activities.
LASIK Surgeon in Chelsea, New York, NY
A variety of different treatments exist that can help you ditch the glasses or contact lenses and Advanced PRK from your New York, NY, LASIK doctor is just one of them. Advanced LASIK, or iLASIK, is a more precise version of the treatment that takes advantage of modern technology. For some, an Implantable Contact Lens (Visian ICL) may be the recommended choice. But to learn about your options begin by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Coad, Dr. Yoon, and Dr. Gard of Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York, NY, by dialing (212) 220-0066.