Advance Surface Ablation
Advanced Surface Ablation is an advanced form of Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). With Advanced Surface Ablation, anesthetic eye drops are applied to eye and the outer surface of the cornea, called the epithelium. The epithelium is then gently removed from the corneal surface. Once this top layer has been removed the excimer laser reshapes the cornea providing clear vision.
Advanced Surface Ablation takes approximately twenty minutes to complete and is pain free. After the treatment, you will wear a soft contact lens to protect the cornea while the epithelium regenerates itself. This contact lens will usually stay in place for one week and does not require daily care. At your one week post-op visit, the contact lens will be removed by your surgeon.
Many patients notice better vision immediately after surgery, but it is normal for your vision to fluctuate during the first week or two after surgery. Once the epithelium has healed, many patients feel comfortable to return to work. This takes approximately one week.
For some patients, Advanced Surface Ablation is safer than LASIK due to the shape and thickness of the cornea. Pre-operative testing will help your surgeon decide which procedure is best for you. Advanced Eye Institute uses the latest techniques and technologies to provide you with the best possible vision.
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