Saturday, November 01, 2008 

LASIK Thought Of The Day: PRK Enhancements

We see many people who had LASIK several years ago, and do not see as well as they did right after their procedure. The usual reason is "regression". This can be due to a loss, or "wearing off", of the LASIK treatment, or a natural change in the focusing of the eye. A good remedy for this is an enhancement, or touch-up. Many of our colleagues have suggested a variety of methods to enhance a LASIK. We find the most effective treatment is "PRK Enhancement". This involves treating the surface of the cornea with some additional laser spots. There is no need to make another LASIK flap. And, we find that if we treat only the center part of the cornea, the part you look through, healing is rapid, and discomfort is minimal. It is not necessary to use wavefront treatment for PRK Enhancement. In fact, wavefront treatment slows down healing and visual recovery. It also removes too much corneal tissue. So if you had LASIK several years ago, and vision isn't as good as it use to be, consider a PRK Enhancement. It could improve your vision considerably.

Mitchell Friedlaender, M.D.
Head, Division of Ophthalmology
Director, Laser Vision Center
Scripps Clinic
La Jolla, CA

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  • Mitchell Friedlaender, M.D., is Head of the Division of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Laser Vision Center at Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, CA, and Adjunct Professor at The Scripps Research Institute. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and received his ophthalmology training at Harvard University, and the University of California, San Francisco. He was a full time faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco before joining Scripps Clinic in 1986. He is the author of 6 books and over 250 scientific articles. He has lectured at universities throughout the world on conditions such as blepharitis, allergy, dry eye, and infection. He is the recipient of the Senior Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, an honor society composed of 300 leaders in ophthalmology. He has been listed every year, since 1986, in The Best Doctors in America.
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