PRK Newport Beach Dr. Gregg Feinerman
PRK eye surgery, or photorefractive keratectomy, is a trusted laser vision correction procedure used by Orange County doctor Gregg Feinerman for some patients who are unable to undergo LASIK. The ideal candidate for PRK may have one or more of the following conditions:
- Low to moderate levels of myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism
- Thin, but normal corneas
- Health indications that suggest possible complications of corneal flap creation
The procedure for PRK laser vision correction at our Newport Beach office is very similar to that of LASIK. The main difference is that instead of creating a flap in the cornea, Dr. Feinerman will remove a thin layer of epithelial (surface) cells. These cells regenerate quickly in the span of a few days.
Once the inner layer of the cornea is exposed, the laser vision correction begins. Newport Beach doctor Gregg Feinerman will reshape the cornea according to the patient’s specific prescription. Then a soft contact lens will be placed on the eye, both to protect it for three or four days after the surgery and to allow the surface epithelium to heal undisturbed.
After undergoing PRK laser vision correction, most of our Orange County area patients report temporary side effects such as sensitivity to light, dry eyes, and halos around light sources. These effects are temporary, and usually go away on their own within a few weeks. Immediately following PRK, patients may notice that their eyesight is not completely clear; it may take 7-14 days to reach full visual acuity, depending on the length of time needed for the surface cells to regenerate and remodel the eye’s surface.
The level of discomfort experienced by PRK patients is usually higher than in LASIK, because in PRK there is no corneal flap to cover and protect the sensitive tissue. The level of pain is moderate, however, and can generally be controlled with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Advil.
Dr Feinerman uses a numbing gel postoperatively that helps his patients get through the first two days after PRK. It is used a maximum of three times daily for two days. For more sensitive patients, Dr. Feinerman may prescribe stronger pain medication.
As with other forms of laser vision correction, some of our patients may need to return to the Newport Beach Feinerman Vision Center for enhancements. An enhancement procedure is performed in cases where visual acuity needs to be improved, and is more common for patients with higher refractive corrections.
If you think you may be interested in PRK eye surgery or another laser vision correction procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact the Newport Beach office of Feinerman Vision Correction. Dr. Feinerman will personally consult with you to determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.