What Are Your Vision Treatment Options If Your Corneas Are Too Thin?
Typically, when someone has vision trouble, they opt for eyeglasses or contact lens. More recently, people are choosing LASIK as a surefire solution to their visual impairments. Of course, LASIK has particular requirements for its candidates. If you have thin corneas, you may not be an ideal candidate for LASIK. Do not worry, though. There are treatment options.
PRK Laser Eye Surgery
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a form of refractive surgery used to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. The procedure is similar in nature to LASIK, as PRK utilizes the same type of laser. However, where the two differ is that PRK reshapes the cornea by removing a thin layer (epithelium) and discarding it altogether. The epithelium repairs itself organically within a matter of days after surgery. Once the light layer is removed, the cornea is reshaped to suit your vision needs better.
The reshaping of the cornea using an excimer laser allows light to enter the eye properly and focus on the retina for sharp vision.
The downside to PRK is the time frame, however. The procedure typically takes longer to complete and recover from.
PRK vs. LASIK
The results of PRK are comparable to LASIK, but the initial recovery is often slower. It takes a few days for the epithelial cells to regenerate and cover the surface of the eye. Vision improvement with PRK is gradual, and the outcome may take a few weeks to fulfill.
PRK does have distinct benefits, though. For example, the operation does not create a corneal flap; because of this, the entire thickness of the underlying stroma may be treated then and there.
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