Advanced Surface Ablation uses a laser to sculpt the surface of the cornea. Often called PRK or LASEK, this procedure is effective in treating low to moderate levels of myopia or hyperopia with or without astigmatism. During the procedure, the outer layer of the cornea, called the epithelium, is removed. A cool laser beam is applied to the cornea and a soft contact lens is applied to serve as a bandage during the healing process.
This contact lens will be removed within five to seven days of the procedure. Recovery is usually two to three weeks, during which the patient may have mild to marked discomfort and blurry vision. Most of the vision improvement is seen in the first month, but there is still gradual improvement over the year after the initial procedure. Results take a few days longer to achieve with Advanced Surface Ablation than LASIK because it takes longer for the epithelium to be restored.
The refractive surgeons at Norwich Lasik will complete a detailed, comprehensive visual exam and your vision correction options.
Please call us at 860-889-5980 to schedule your free vision correction exam.