After placing anesthetic in your eye, an eyelid speculum will be placed to keep you from blinking. The thickness of your cornea will then be checked. An alcohol solution is applied to your cornea to “loosen” then cells in the front layer. The corneal front layer will then be removed gently. Next, a computer program directs the laser treatment to re-shape your cornea. A medicine is then applied to your cornea to help prevent any scarring from occurring while the front layer re-grows, and a bandage contact lens is placed over the eye for comfort. Over the next 3-4 days, the contact lens remains in your eye. As the cells re-grow, your vision will fluctuate, and you might experience some mild discomfort. On your next office visit, the doctor will remove your contact lenses, and your vision will slowly improve over the next few days. You will notice that your vision continues to improve over the next few weeks!
Alternatives to PRK are