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What is the surgeon's role when performing PRK eye surgery?
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, MD
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Answered: Dec 08, 2012
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