Many conditions can mean people have to wear prescription glasses or contact lenses to see properly. However, as technology has improved, so have the medical treatments you can get that can help correct your vision and negate the necessity of wearing prescription lenses. You can see clearly again when you undergo procedures such as excimer laser eye surgery, also known as photo refractive keratectomy or PRK. It is a procedure that means almost anyone who needs to wear prescription lenses can now get rid of them and restore their vision, and below is some more detailed information about it.
What Can PRK Be Used To Treat?
When corrective eye surgery was first pioneered, it was used to treat mild astigmatism or short-sightedness (Myopia), but the advent of PRK meant many more people could correct their vision. You can also treat long-sightedness and more acute astigmatism using PRK, so more people can get rid of their glasses or contact lenses and improve their sight.
How PRK Works?
When you undergo PRK laser eye surgery, it is a relatively simple procedure that typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. It uses a computer-controlled laser and has been programmed specifically to your requirements. You will lie back in the chair and be given an anaesthetic in your eyes to ensure you feel no discomfort. The laser will then work to reshape the cornea and help correct your vision, so once finished, you can see clearly without needing to wear glasses or contacts.
Recovery From PRK Laser Eye Surgery
You can go home not long after your surgery, although you will not be able to drive for as long as a couple of weeks, so you may need someone to collect you and take you home. You will be given medication to take home with you, including anti-inflammatory eye drops that you need to take as instructed. The recovery time can vary between a couple of days up to a week, depending on the extensiveness of the procedure, and it is slightly different for everyone.
You will need to go back to have your eyes checked by the ophthalmologist to ensure the treatment is 100% successful. However, once you are given the all-clear, you will no longer need to keep your prescription glasses or contact lenses, and you can get rid of them. You can now enjoy having almost perfect vision again and going about your life without having to wear corrective lenses.