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Minnesota PRK Surgery

In Minnesota, many eye doctors perform PRK surgery on their patients who have either nearsightedness or farsightedness. This is a photorefractive keratectomy surgery that can correct a person’s vision by using a laser to change the shape of the irregularly shaped cornea. Most people with these types of vision problems have a misshaped cornea that does not allow the light to refract into the retina correctly, so the result is poor vision. This procedure has very minimal risk because it does not use a metal blade to cut the eye. This surgery uses a cool beam laser ultraviolet light to manipulate the shape of the cornea.

This is considered to be an elective surgery so most insurance companies do not pay for the cost of the procedure. The average cost for PRK surgery in Minnesota is $1,300 per eye. The cost can be higher if there are more advanced corrections that need to be made. Sometimes if a person has astigmatism along with their nearsighted or farsighted vision problems, this can cost a bit more to correct. Overall, PRK surgery is one of the lease expensive laser eye surgeries that are available today.

Many eye doctors’ offices will have different financial arrangements that can be made. Some are third party lines of credit and others are payment arrangements that are made directly with the doctor’s office. Many of these plans require a credit check, but this can make the financial burden much lower for patients who do not have this type of cash on hand for an upfront payment. The average person will have improved their vision to 20/20 without glasses and some will have 20/40 without glasses. This is a major improvement for people who want to experience good vision without the use of their corrective lenses.

During the surgery, the doctor will use the laser to reshape the cornea. The protective layer called the epithelium is removed with an alcohol solution and discarded. A special contact lens is placed over the cornea after the surgery to act as a bandage. This will be removed by the eye surgeon once the epithelium has started to grow back. The healing can take anywhere from one months’ time to three months’ time depending on the person’ s body and their ability to heal. At one year after the surgery, a person should have their full recovery and be able to see much better without corrective lenses.

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Minnesota Eye Institute
3401 South Broadway
Alexandria, MN 56308
Chu Vision Institute
9117 Lyndale Ave. South
Bloomington, MN 55420
The LASIK Vision Institute
3250 W. 66th Street
Edina, MN 55435
TLC Laser Eye Center
3601 West 76th Street, Suite 150
Edina, MN 55435
Weis Eye Center
4815 W. Arrowhead Rd., Suite 120
Hermantown, MN 55811
Northwest Eye Clinic
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Suite 100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Phillips Eye Institute
2215 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Minneapolis Medical Eye Clinic
710 E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A.
710 East 24th Street Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN 55404
West Metro Ophthalmology
504 Pine Street (Hwy 25)
Monticello, MN 55362
Whiting Clinic
7415 Wayzata Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Progressive Eye Care
1690 University Ave, Suite 140
St. Paul, MN 55104
Acclaro Eye Surgery
200 Village Center Drive
Twin Cities, MN 55127

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