When your cornea has a consistent haze because of the bothersome irregularities that have developed in the cornea, you see everything as distorted and cloudy. Our team of ophthalmic specialists in Sioux Falls, SD, want you to feel comfortable asking questions about vision correcting procedures, why you qualify, and how to care for your eyes before and after surgery. It is our mission to give you an unparalleled patient experience.
Vance Thompson Vision offers phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK), which is a procedure that applies a laser to remove haziness and irregularities from the cornea. The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye and is normally clear and smooth. It should first bend light rays so they focus directly on the retina. If the surface of the cornea has rough or cloudy spots, the light will not focus accurately on the retina, resulting in blurry, inconsistent vision. Until recently, the only way to correct a cloudy or irregular cornea and achieve clearer vision was a partial or full corneal transplant. Now, PTK is an exciting option as an alternative to a transplant. Dr. Vance Thompson was a national medical monitor in the FDA-controlled clinical trials during the development of PTK in the United States. His team is very experienced in performing this laser surgery to create a smooth corneal surface, while removing exact amounts of tissue with precision. Your treatment will be customized to meet your needs. Find out more at a private consultation.
"Dr. Thompson did my PRK surgery in 2013 and I couldn't be happier with my experience there and my vision since. I would trust any of the doctors there with my eyes. When it comes to something as important as your vision, I wouldn't go anywhere else!"- R.G. / Google / Feb 16, 2017
"I had a fantastic experience getting PRK at Vance Thompson Vision. Dr. Ibach did a great job of explaining how everything was going to go and Dr. Berdahl was awesome when it came to the actual procedure. Everyone I came across at the office was pleasant and professional. All things considered it was the best medical experience I've ever had."- A.S. / Google / Jan 16, 2016
"I had PRK done by Vance back in 2013 and as promised, my vision was clearer than it ever was when I had glasses. It was expensive, but it was worth every single penny."- N.M. / Facebook / Jun 07, 2015
"Such an Amazing experience my daughter Laurel had!!! Yesterday Nov 23rd, as she had PRK Laser surgery done.. The Surgery went FANTASTIC, and we Truly are Thankful for God, and Dr Vance Thompson and his ability and ALL his Staff couldn't have been Better!! And thanks for the young lady and Dr Rasmussen for working on thanksgiving so she could be seen this morning!!! If you are thinking of having any surgery with them and have doubts, they will put them all at ease!!!! Once again Thank You Vance Thompson Vision Care ? for taking Amazing care of our Girl ? Jim & Natalie Ketelhut"- N.K. / Facebook / Nov 24, 2016
"Dr. Thompson recently performed my PRK and it went so smoothly. I was a little nervous about the procedure since the recovery period is longer (and I was told more painful) than LASIK, but it was a breeze! The staff members were great, and from the very beginning I felt that each test was done with care do ensure that I would receive the best possible outcome. The technicians in the room during the procedure were very informative, and they made me feel very calm during the surgery. My husband was able to watch me through a window, as well as see what was happening on a TV screen while a technician sat with him and explained what was happening. Not having to wear glasses has been a life-changing event, not only was everyone great in the beginning, but since my surgery any questions I have had have been answered and I feel that I was treated with the utmost respect. I even received a personal call from Dr. Thompson the evening after my surgery to see how I was doing, and offer support should I have any questions."- K.S. / Google / Jan 16, 2015
How It Works
In normal circumstances, the cornea (the outermost layer of the eye) bends or focuses rays of light so they focus directly on the retina. But when the cornea has rough or cloudy spots, referred to as irregularities, light cannot properly focus on the retina and results in blurred vision. PTK works by removing these specific irregularities, allowing the cells to regenerate more smoothly and revealing a cornea that is better able to focus light. This laser correction surgery improves symptoms of pain, watering eyes, and inconsistent vision. PTK is most successful in individuals whose healing will not be delayed by health issues like uncontrolled diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus.
This laser vision correction procedure is completed as an outpatient procedure, lasting about 10 – 15 minutes from start to finish. Before the procedure begins, numbing solution drops will be placed in the eye. Next, a speculum will be used to hold open the eyelids. The surgeon will then remove the diseased tissue and corneal irregularities using an Excimer laser. To conclude the procedure, a bandage contact lens will be placed on the treated eye to expedite healing and minimize discomfort.
What to Expect
Following the procedure, you will be prescribed medications to prevent infection and to control pain during the healing process. Additionally, you are encouraged to use cold compresses applied to the temple to help relieve discomfort. In many circumstances, patients see vision improvement in a day, while others’ vision improves over a few days. The cornea continues to stabilize and improve over a period of 12- 18 months. The possibility of infection is low following PTK.
- Recovery Time
- 1 week - 1 month
- Procedure Time
- 20 minutes
- Follow Up Time
- 3 days, 2 weeks, 1 month
- Recovery Location
Improve Your Vision
With a wide variety of laser vision correction surgeries available today, you don't have to suffer from poor vision that is not improved with contacts or glasses. If you suffer from vision impairment that you believe is caused by corneal irregularities, or you would like more information about PTK, we invite you to contact Vance Thompson Vision at your earliest convenience. Our staff looks forward to scheduling your consultation.
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