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Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims Opthalmologists in Eugene Oregon

PRK REFRACTIVE SURGERY — RISKS AND LIMITATIONS

Neither your surgeon nor the surgeon's staff can promise or guarantee that the procedure will be effective or make your vision better than it was before the procedure.

It is possible that the procedure or a complication arising from the procedure could make your vision worse or could injure your cornea or your retina, which could result in partial or total blindness, or could require a cornea transplant.

Certain inflammatory conditions can cause severe post-operative complications such as cornea or flap inflammation, or thinning of the corneal flap, which could result in permanent loss of vision.

In addition, because the procedure is fairly new, very little is known about the long-term effects of the procedure. During your preoperative examination, the likely outcomes (e.g. uncorrected vision) will be conveyed to you based on the level of your particular refractive error.

Although it is not possible to list every potential risk or complication that may result from the procedure, many of them are listed below.

  • Under-correction or Over-correction
  • Halos / Starbursts
  • Equipment Malfunction
  • Increased Light Sensitivity of the Eye / Fluctuating Vision
  • Optical Imbalance
  • Regression
  • Increased Pressure in the Eye
  • Fragility on Impact
  • Eyelid Droop
  • Corneal Ectasia
  • Faulty or Improperly Created Flap
  • Debris under the Flap or Infection under the Flap
  • Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis or "Sands of the Sahara"
  • Epithelial Erosion
  • Epithelial Ingrowth
  • Dry Eyes
  • Vascular Occlusion
  • Microscopic Corneal Surface Irregularities
  • Excessive Corneal Haze
  • Elevated IOP (Intraocular Pressure)

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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.