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Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims Opthalmologists in Eugene Oregon

PRK REFRACTIVE SURGERY — INFORMED CONSENT

Each patient is required to read and sign the Informed Consent for PRK refractive surgery. This document will give you an overview of the PRK refractive surgery procedure, alternatives to PRK refractive surgery, vision threatening complications, and non-vision threatening side effects.

Please download a copy of the Informed Consent and bring it with you to your appointment.

Informed Consent (PDF - 391k)
Addendum: Consent for Bilateral Simultaneous PRK - (PDF - 94k)
Addendum Mitomycin-c (MMC) with Refractive Surgery - (PDF - 147k)

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Commonly Asked Questions:
How soon after surgery will I see well?

Each patient is different. Most patients experience an improvement immediately. Vision gets better over the following weeks.

Will refractive surgery hurt?
During the procedure, a strong topical anesthetic is used to numb the eye. Generally, only pressure is felt during the procedure.

Will I still need my glasses or contacts?
The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses, but PRK patients still may benefit from reading glasses or distance glasses when they desire perfect near or distance vision.

Will my insurance cover PRK Refractive?
Most health care coverage considers PRK Refractive surgery an elective surgical procedure and does not cover it.