Advanced Surface Ablation in Nashville, TN
Advanced surface ablation (PRK) is a breakthrough technique that offers advantages over LASIK surgery for patients who might benefit from this superior permanent vision correction procedure. Advanced surface ablation will give you a new lens curvature, that will minimize refractive error and improve your visual acuity, without the use of a laser. Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, of Vision for Life, offers advanced surface ablation to the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee.
What Is Advanced Surface Ablation?
True to its name, advanced surface ablation (PRK) is an advanced vision correction technique that is ideal for correcting hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, and other conditions, by changing the curvature of your cornea where vision problems occur. If you are farsighted, this curvature is more pronounced, whereas it is less pronounced for those patients who are nearsighted. Even slight changes in this curvature can produce exceptional vision improvements, which is one of the reasons advanced surface ablation is also recommended for patients with astigmatism. Unlike LASIK, with alcohol-assisted advanced surface ablation, these vision correcting curvature radius improvements are made without the use of a laser to remove the surface area from the lens.
What Are the Benefits of Advanced Surface Ablation?
The benefits of this new variation of advanced surface ablation (PRK) are very similar to LASIK, providing you with permanent vision correction, the main difference with LASIK being that, instead of using a laser to shape the cornea, dilute alcohol is added, and the area is sculpted and scraped by hand. This technique increases the extra safety margin in the thickness of the cornea, which is why advanced surface ablation is most often recommended for patients who have very thin corneas and who may not benefit from LASIK surgery as a result. Advanced surface ablation is also believed to reduce the likelihood of patients developing a bulging of the cornea, that can sometimes occur after LASIK surgery.
What Should I Expect from Advanced Surface Ablation?
At the outset of your procedure, anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb your eye, so that you will be completely comfortable during your treatment. With this advanced alcohol-based scraping technique, instead of a laser, dilute alcohol is used, and the corneal area is manually scraped. Then, once your corrected corneal radius has been achieved, you will receive a bandage contact lens to prevent infection and to enhance your healing process. You may have some mild discomfort for the first two to three days following your procedure. Prescription eye drops will be used for one week after your surgery, and then you will have a follow-up appointment.
Is Advanced Surface Ablation Right for Me?
If you have a thin cornea and you don’t qualify for LASIK surgery, then advanced surface ablation (PRK) could be the right permanent vision correction option for you. Dr. Horn also recommends the procedure for men and women who engage in certain professions and activities that have a high risk of eye injuries, such as boxing, public safety officers, and military personnel.
How Much Does Advanced Surface Ablation Cost in Nashville?
We accept cash, check and major credit cards, including Visa®, MasterCard®, and American Express®, for your out-of-pocket costs, such as a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance, and any other remaining balance. Financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®.
Advanced surface ablation (PRK) is ideal for those patients who have a thin cornea, and who may not qualify for LASIK treatments. At Vision for Life, our ophthalmologist, Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, offers advanced surface ablation for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!