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Advanced Surface Treatment

Photorefractive Keratectomy PRK

Advanced Surface Treatment, also called Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), is a laser resurfacing procedure to correct the shape of the cornea, allowing light to focus more clearly in the eye and bring vision closer to normal for people who have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and/or astigmatism.

PRK can often reduce or eliminate the need for contact lenses or glasses. Patients that cannot tolerate contact lenses and desire a functional improvement in lifestyle may consider this option to permanently improve their vision. Athletes, firefighters, law enforcement officers, farmers, pilots and others who cannot wear glasses due to occupational requirements undergo laser vision correction to reduce their dependence on glasses. Patients with diabetes or other medical conditions may not be appropriate for laser vision correction.

The PRK procedure is very similar to LASIK and reshapes the cornea using an excimer laser. The difference is that while the LASIK procedure involves making a flap on the surface of the eye for treatment, PRK does not. The corrective laser treatment is applied directly to the surface of the cornea. PRK tends to be a little less comfortable temporarily after the procedure because the laser essentially causes a ‘scratch’ on the surface of the eye. A bandage contact lens is used to reduce this discomfort until the eye’s surface heals. The benefit of Advanced Surface Treatment over LASIK is that the possibility of flap-related complication is eliminated. There is also less problem with dry eye after PRK compared with LASIK as well.

Every procedure has its own set of risks and benefits that should be discussed personally with your surgeon. Florida Eye Institute provides two experienced laser resurfacing physicians. Schedule a consultations to determine if laser vision correction surgery is right for you.

Laser Resurfacing Cost

The value of better vision is hard to measure. Freedom from glasses and contacts – along with their associated costs – can be priceless.

Patients often regard laser vision correction as the best gift they have ever given themselves. In fact, with in-office fleyenancing payment options, clear vision is more affordable than ever.

Payment Options: Choose cash, check, debit, credit, or in-office fleyenancing.

fleyenancing: Enjoy interest-free payments with our in-office fleyenancing arrangements. Credit cards may be used for down payments and/or payment plans.
Health Savings Accounts or Flex Spending Plans may be used for laser vision correction in most instances (check with your individual plan).

 Payment OptionsDown PaymentMonthly PaymentTotal Cost (both eyes)
One Time Payment$1500 per eyeNONE$3000
In-Office Fleyenancing$750 down per eye$75/month per eye X12 months$3300

*****Laser refractive surgery is contraindicated with:

1. Collagen vascular, autoimmune, or immunodeficiency disease
2. Pregnancy or nursing
3. Keratoconus or abnormal corneal topography
4. Certain medications: isotretinoin (Accutane®) and amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone®).

Potential side effects of laser refractive surgery may include glare, dry eye, or other visual anomalies. Consult with your eye care professional regarding the potential risks and benefits of laser refractive surgery. Results may vary for each patient.

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