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South Carolina PRK Surgery

PRK surgery is a specific type of laser eye surgery that can correct a personís vision problems with a cool beam laser light. This light is ultraviolet and can be used on patients who would otherwise not be able to have this type of vision correction. Some patients have thin corneas or excessive dry eyes that prevent them from being a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, another type of laser eye surgery. These patients can still be a candidate for PRK surgery. The specialized laser does not penetrate through even a thin cornea. It reshapes the outer layer of the cornea that causes the vision impairments without damaging the other parts of the eye.

During the surgery the doctor uses a special tool to hold the eye open. After anesthetic eye drops are put in the eye, the eye will be numb. The surgeon will loosen the epithelium layer that covers the cornea and is a protectant film. This is done using a special alcohol solution that weakens the tissue in this layer so that it can come off easily. Once this layer is off the cornea is reshaped. A clear bandage is put over the cornea in place of the removed epithelium until the layer grows back over the cornea. This takes about three days.

Typically, a PRK surgery in South Carolina will cost an average of $1,600 per eye. This can vary according to the level of expertise a surgeon has as well as their credentials. The extent of the patientís vision problems can have an impact on the cost of the surgery as well. Many insurance companies do not cover the cost of this procedure because it is a chosen elective surgery. There are monthly payment options available to certain patients through financial companies. Most doctorsí offices will have this information handy for patients.

The surgeries are normally held in a surgery center or a doctorís office in the state of South Carolina. The PRK surgery is used quite often on patients who have nearsightedness or farsightedness whether they have astigmatism or not. The healing time is a bit longer than other laser eye surgeries, and there is a little bit more discomfort during the healing process, but the results are often much better. Some patients are able to achieve 20/20 vision without wearing corrective lenses after the surgery is performed. Many doctors and patients would consider 20/40 to be a success.

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H. Rubin Laser Eye Centers
901 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
The Eye Center
1655 Bernardin Avenue
Columbia, SC 29204
Hopkins Eye Center
3921 South Highway 14, Suite D
Greenville, SC 29615
Spectrum Eye Center
2 Maple Tree Court, Ste B
Greenville, SC 29615
Charleston Cornea & Refractive Surgery, P.A.
109 Finnegan Court
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Stokes Vision Correction Center
365 W. Wesmark Blvd.
Sumter, SC 29150

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