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What is a Corneal Ablation Surgery?

Corneal surface ablation is where a doctor removes the epithelium from the cornea and treats the refractive error on the front surface of the cornea. Corneal surface ablation is an alternative to LASIK that’s also commonly known as photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK.

How Long Does it Take Ablation to Work?

When Dr. Mozayeni at Providence Eye performs PRK, patients are typically cleared to drive five days after their procedure. Vision does tend to fluctuate over a few months before it settles down to its final point, which, for ideal candidates, is typically 20/20.

Corneal Ablation versus Corneal Abrasion

Corneal abrasion is a fancy term for a scratch on your cornea. Being poked in the eye or getting something stuck in your eye can scratch the cornea and cause a corneal abrasion. Although very painful and annoying, corneal abrasion does not require surgery. Typically, a clear band-aid contact lens and proper eye drops provided by an eye care provider will keep you comfortable and help the cornea heal in a few days.

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