Virginia PRK Surgery

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Virginia PRK Surgery

Laser eye surgery can benefit people who are looking for vision correction so they no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses. This is possible with many types of laser surgery nowadays. In Virginia, the PRK surgery is widely used by eye surgeons to correct certain cases of nearsightedness or farsightedness that is with or without astigmatism. PRK, also called photorefractive keratectomy uses a special cool beam ultraviolet laser beam to reshape the some of the eye. The laser can penetrate the cornea without disturbing any other layer of the eye beneath the cornea. The surgery can work especially well for patients who cannot have LASIK due to thin corneas.

During the preliminary examination before the surgery, the doctor will check to see if the patient is a good candidate for PRK surgery. There are many eye surgeons who perform PRK surgery either in a surgical center or an eye doctorís office. During this appointment the doctor will prepare the patient with information about the surgery and aftercare. They will also discuss important ways to prepare the eyes for the surgery. If the patient wears contact lenses, they will usually need to remove them at least three weeks before the surgery.

On the day of the PRK procedure, the doctor or assistant will place eye drops in the patientís eyes that will numb the eye. There is no general anesthesia that is used during this procedure since this is an outpatient surgery. The doctor will place a special tool to keep the eye open while the surgery is bring performed. The doctor will remove the epithelium layer of the eye that protects the cornea. This is removed with an alcohol solution that weakens the tissues so it can be easily removed. The laser corrects the shape of the cornea and a special contact lens is placed over the cornea until a new epithelium grows back.

In Virginia, the average cost of the surgery is $1,600 per eye. This cost can vary according to the particular condition that is being corrected. A surgeon who has a great deal of experience and expertise may also charge more than someone who does not. This cost is normally not a covered medical expense for insurance companies because it is elective. The doctorís office will typically have information available for patients on various financial solutions that offer payment plans for the cost of the surgery.

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Advanced Eye Care of Virginia
8101 Hinson Farm Road, Suite 103
Alexandria, VA 22306
TLC Laser Eye Center
630 Peter Jefferson Pkwy # 180
Charlottesville, VA 22911
The Eye Center
8316 Arlington Blvd., Suite235
Fairfax, VA 22031
Thomas Falkenburg Willis Eye Associates
10 Chatham Heights Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Virginia Eye Consultants
2101 Executive Drive, Suite 160
Hampton, VA 23666
Hampton Roads Eye Associates
850 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 1200
Hampton, VA 23666
NewView Laser Eye, Inc.
12110 Sunset Hills Rd., Suite 50 LL
Reston, VA 20190
Eye Specialists Of Virginia
7229 Forest Ave #104
Richmond, VA 23226
Richmond Eye Associates
10800 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite #127
Richmond, VA 23235
Blue Ridge Eye Center
1225 Maple Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
Vistar Eye Center
5296 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
Millennium Laser Eye Centers
11200 Rockville Pike #150
Rockville, VA 20852
Eye Consultants of Northern Virginia
8134 Old Keene Mill Rd., Ste. 300
Springfield, VA 22152
Access Eye Centers
2761 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 205
Stafford, VA 22554
University Ophthalmics Consultants Of Washington
8230 Boone Blvd., Suite #125
Vienna, VA 22182
Northern Virginia Center for Eye Care
8150 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
Atlantic Eye Consultants, PC
1012 First Colonial Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Beach Eye Care
1201 First Colonial Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Cullom Eye and Laser Center
120 King's Way, Suite 1300
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Advanced Vision Institute
5215 Monticello Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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