An experienced specialist in PRK surgery in Melbourne
Dr Anton van Heerden has been performing high precision PRK surgery in Melbourne for years. Despite being an older technique, PRK for our Melbourne patients is still a safe and effective method of offering you a chance to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses. Call Dr van Heerden and his team at Eye Laser Specialists today to book your initial consultation.
What is the Benefit of PRK?
Our Melbourne laser clinic at Eye Laser Specialists is fully equipped with the latest in refractive surgery technology, including a high precision excimer laser.
PRK is short for photorefractive keratectomy. Alongside newer procedures such as LASIK and SMILE, PRK surgery in our Melbourne clinic has achieved great success in offering our valued patients freedom from the inconvenience of glasses and contacts.
PRK is most suitable for patients with thinner corneal thicknesses who may be ineligible for other refractive procedures such as LASIK.
The PRK Procedure
PRK surgery with our Melbourne team of highly trained clinicians and experienced eye surgeon, Dr van Heerden, is always preceded by a comprehensive initial consultation. This consultation is designed to assess your eligibility for laser eye surgery, including PRK. Melbourne patients and those travelling from further afield are invited to make an appointment for this initial examination where we can discuss your options for glasses and contact lens-free vision. Patients whose eyes are found to be unsuitable for PRK eye surgery will be counselled towards another solution.
PRK is an excellent option for thinner corneas. Unlike LASIK, which requires the creation of a corneal flap, PRK involves the removal of only the superficial corneal epithelium. This means there is more corneal tissue available for reshaping by the excimer laser. The modified shape of the cornea adjusts how light passes through it, resulting in clear, crisp vision without glasses or contacts.
PRK surgery in our Melbourne clinic is performed under topical anaesthesia. After your procedure, a soft contact lens will be placed over your eyes as a protective bandage. You will also be given a set of post-operative instructions to make your recovery as smooth as possible.