Clients who are found to be unsuitable for the PRK treatment may be counselled to other more appropriate procedures, such as SMILE® or ICL. The team at Armadale Eye Clinic (through Eye Laser Specialists) are committed to ensuring you feel comfortable and well-informed throughout the whole process of your laser vision correction treatment.
Once you have been established as a suitable candidate for PRK surgery, you will be scheduled an appointment in the operating theatre in our state-of-the-art facilities. PRK surgery in Melbourne is conducted without general anaesthesia, though a light sedative can be offered to patients feeling particularly anxious or restless. Your eye will be numbed with topical eye drops for comfort, and you will be asked to fixate on a target light to keep your eye steady during the laser treatment.
The superficial epithelial layer of cells of the cornea are then gently removed in a process called debridement. This allows access for our high precision excimer laser to perform photoablation, the removal of selected areas of the underlying corneal tissue; the reshaping of this surface directs incoming light to focus on a sharp point at the back of the eye to provide clear vision.
Once the photoablation treatment is complete, a soft bandage contact lens will be placed over the cornea for comfort and protection while the epithelial cells regenerate. You will be given post-operative eye drop medications and scheduled several review appointments with our clinical team to ensure your eyes are healing as expected.