As someone considering PRK, researching the procedure is a good way to decide if corrective eye surgery is right for you. PRK, or Photorefractive Keratectomy, is a vision correction procedure that uses a laser to sculpt the surface of the cornea. PRK is similar to LASIK, but LASIK uses the laser to sculpt tissue deeper in the eye, under the corneal flap.
Meet Mary A.
Mary’s story is one of the more relatable PRK testimonials you’ll ever hear. Many people face the same problems with their eyesight on a daily basis. Rather than just living with it, Mary chose to take action to fix her vision.
“I had been wearing glasses since second grade and got gas permeable (hard) contacts in fifth grade. I hated them. They made it hard to play sports, travel, put makeup on, and overall just be a normal person. From the moment I heard about LASIK, I knew I wanted it.
“In high school, a contact shattered in my eye when I was hit by a volleyball. After that, my optometrist finally let me switch to one-a-day contacts, which were a lot easier to deal with but still a pain. When I was 19, my prescription had been more or less the same for two years, and I got special permission to get surgery done before I turned 21. We determined that PRK was the best option for me, and I prepared myself for the procedure. I was a little nervous, but my worries turned out to be unwarranted. PRK didn’t hurt, and I was only down for a couple of days!”
Since Mary’s PRK procedure in 2013 . . .
Like many people struggling with poor vision, Mary had to put up with the headache of using glasses and contacts. Here are just a few things that improved for Mary after her PRK:
- “I can wake up in the morning and immediately see, without having to feel around clumsily for my glasses.
- Traveling is so much easier. I don’t have to worry about bringing the right number of contacts or a backup pair of glasses.
- I can go swimming and not have to worry about losing a contact.
- I honestly think it’s more cost effective to get [a corrective vision procedure] done early so you don’t have to spend tons of money over years and years to pay for contacts or glasses.
- My eyes don’t hurt in the morning because I forgot to take my contacts out the night before.
- My morning and night time routine is much faster.
- I feel better about myself.
- I can walk in rain or snow without thinking I need my own pair of windshield wipers for my glasses.
- I can wear sunglasses—any ones I want, not super expensive prescription ones.”
Mary says, “Vision correction surgery was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” Will you choose to make the same decision as Mary or continue to deal with glasses and contacts? Surgery may seem scary, but there’s nothing to fear. Vision correction surgeries, like PRK and LASIK, have changed thousands of people’s lives for the better. You can change your life too.
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