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Question:
What is the surgeon's role when performing PRK eye surgery?     

Answer:
The surgeon first removes the corneal epithelium in a defined central area—usually around 9 to 9.5 millimeters. Then he/she centers and applies the excimer laser treatment for vision correction. Many surgeons then apply a chemotherapeutic agent such as mitomycin C for several seconds to help prevent haze after the healing period. This is then rinsed off with copious amounts of fluid and a bandage contact lens in put in place. The patient then leaves the laser center on topical medications.

Answered by: Jeffrey Whitman, MDDr. Jeffrey Whitman

Categories: Vision Correction, Eye Surgery

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