PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) - the first operation made with excimer laser. It is used to treat low to moderate amounts of nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes and is painless!Stages of PRK operation:- Anaesthetic eye drops are put in the eye;- A surgeon removes epithelium, the surface thin layer of the cornea, with a special instrument;- A computer controlled excimer laser removes the proper amount of tissue and reshapes the surface of the cornea. This is performed in less than a minute. After flattening the cornea, the light rays, passed through the optical system, converge to a focal point on the retina;- A bandage contact lens is placed on the eye and has to stay in for 3 days.
PRK advantages:Quick and has no intraoperative complications; there's no chance of flap dislocation = safer postoperative period; less restrictions of activities; advantageous for patient's with thin corneas or corneal surface problems.Disadvantages of PRK:Healing is longer than after LASIK type of treatment; longer discomfort (tearing, light sensitivity, foreign body sensation); slower improving of final visual acuity ( sometimes may take up to 1-2 months); slight risk of haze formation in the cornea (chances are 1:500).
The patient experiences blurred vision, light sensitivity, foreign body sensation and discomfort for three days, this is due to epithelium removal. Medicine and topical drops are recommended to reduce the symptoms. Once the epithelium grows back (usually in 3 days), the vision immediatly returns to useful levels and the pain subsides. Most patients return to work in seven to ten days.
The price for PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is from 990 euro (standard package).
It include: online consutations (via email), surgery booking, pick-up from the airport*, transfer to the hotel/clinic, consultation with the surgeon, surgery, pickup from the clinic, transfer to the airport*, assitance during the stay in Lithuania.
* - free pick-up and drop-off are to Kaunas (KUN) airport. Please inquiry if choosing other airport.
The surgery will be performed by experienced and highly qualified doctors, using most advanced laser at the modern, best equipped clinic in Kaunas, Lithuania.
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