Are you tired of struggling with contacts or glasses but have been told you aren't a good candidate for LASIK?
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is an alternative to LASIK that corrects the refractive errors.
Dr. Walter Choate can perform PRK in his Goodlettsville, TN, office to correct your vision and eliminate your need for contacts.
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PRK can allow you to finally ditch contact lenses and glasses. It's the best alternative for patients who are not good candidates for LASIK. Dr. Choate is an experienced optometrist, skilled at perfecting his Tennessee patients' vision through PRK. Contact our Goodlettsville practice today to request a consultation.
Outstanding Results The Majority of Patients Have Excellent Vision Following PRK
What Can PRK Correct? Everything LASIK Can
Photorefractive keratectomy is an eye surgery that uses a laser to reshape the cornea, correcting nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
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Eye surgery can be intimidating. You want to be sure you have an experienced optometrist perform your surgery. Dr. Walter Choate is board-certified in the treatment and management of eye diseases and has been practicing for over 40 years. He also serves as an FDA investigator for new contact lenses, pharmaceuticals, and ophthalmic equipment. As a result, the practice enjoys the distinction of being the first in the south to offer patients many new technologies before they are available to other doctors. Our practice is one of the most highly respected eye care practices in the state of Tennessee.
If you live in the Nashville area and are ready to ditch your contacts or glasses, contact our Goodlettsville, TN, office today to schedule your laser eye surgery consultation.
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What Causes Refractive Errors And How Does PRK Correct Them?
Refractive errors are caused by an irregularly shaped cornea that incorrectly filters light to the eye. The cornea can be irregularly shaped in different ways resulting in either nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
PRK uses a laser to reshape your cornea, allowing light to filter properly through your eye. Dr. Choate will reshape your cornea based on your refractive error to give you perfect vision that lasts.
Am I a Candidate For Photorefractive Keratectomy Surgery?
Because LASIK requires a flap to be made from the outer layer of your cornea, those with thin corneas are typically not recommended for that surgery. PRK is a great alternative for those with thin corneas because it removes the epithelial layer without the need for a flap.
For those who live an active lifestyle or participate in contact sports like boxing, PRK is usually the preferred form of surgery. Since LASIK creates a flap, an injury or blow to your eye can dislodge that flap and create further complications.
If you have previously had laser surgery and require additional vision correction, PRK might be the best option for you as it can fine-tune your vision.
What To Expect During PRK Surgery
Many patients report feeling no pain or discomfort after PRK surgery.
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PRK Recovery The Dos and Don'ts After Surgery
You should notice your vision correction immediately following surgery. However, there are steps you need to take to ensure proper healing and a lasting outcome.
You should avoid touching or rubbing your eyes following the PRK procedure. Disturbing the eye area can lead to infection and further complications.
It is important to avoid squinting or straining your eyes following PRK surgery. You should avoid sunlight and wear protective eyewear when outside.
You should avoid going into pools or bodies of water following surgery to prevent infection.
Physical activity should be paused for a few days while recovering from PRK. Contact sports should be avoided for at least a few weeks.
Do Use Prescription Eye Drops
Use your prescription eye drops as directed. These will be important for you to prevent developing an infection.
Do Use Lubricating Eye Drops
Use over-the-counter lubricating eye drops as needed to prevent dry eye.
Do Take Vitamins
It is recommended that omega-3 supplements be taken following surgery to promote healing and healthy eyes.
Seeing Clearly The Time it Takes To Recover From PRK
What Are the Risks Of PRK Surgery
Some patients may experience mild discomfort, blurred vision, and dry eyes following surgery. However, these should all subside within a few days or weeks. Other more severe risks like infection, under or overcorrection, and corneal scarring need to be addressed by your optometrist. Dr. Choate will go over all of the risks with you at his Nashville, TN, office during your consultation.