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New Mexico PRK Surgery

PRK surgery, also known as photorefractive keratectomy surgery is a type of laser eye surgery that can correct a personís vision by using a laser to reshape the cornea. The cornea filters or refracts the light that shines through the eyes to the retina. If the cornea is not shaped right, this can result in poor vision. Other types of laser rye surgeries can also do the same reshaping of the eye. What makes the PRK surgery different is the method of entering into the eye. This surgery uses a laser that penetrated through the top portion of the eye without damaging it. Other laser surgeries must make incisions with a metal blade to access the cornea.

The PRK surgery is a low risk procedure because of the minimal invasiveness. This procedure is practices at many eye doctorís offices as well as surgical eye centers in New Mexico. It is considered one of the best ways to correct vision and also one of the safest. Many people, who cannot have LASIK eye surgery due to having thin corneas, are able to have the PRK procedure because it accesses the cornea from the top of the eye.

This surgery is performed by an eye surgeon who examines the patient before the surgery during an evaluation. The doctor will determine the appropriate procedure to use during the examination. They usually use special tools that can see inside the patientís eyes and measure distances and gauge the vision correction that is needed. During this visit, the doctor will prepare the patient with information they need to know about the procedure. The patient fills out a medical history form and other paperwork. If the patient wears contact lenses, they are normally advised to stop wearing them at least three weeks before the surgery.

During the surgery, the doctor will administer eye drops that will numb the eye. After they eye is numb, typically within ten minutes of administering them, the doctor will begin the procedure. The laser is pointed directly toward the cornea. A cool beam ultraviolet light is emitted and the shape of the cornea is corrected. The epithelium is removed and a new one will grow back in about three days. The average cost of this surgery in New Mexico is $1,200 and largely depends on the amount of correction that the patient needs. The surgeonís expertise and experience can also determine the cost. A patient typically takes between one to three months to heal and full vision will be restored within one year.

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