PRK & LASIK Surgery
EyeSight Hawaii offers PRK and LASIK surgery at the Honolulu, HI and LASIK evaluations at the Maui, HI offices using state-of-the-art technology. With over 30 years of experience, the surgeons at EyeSight Hawaii are dedicated to providing an outstanding LASIK experience for all of their patients.
LASIK and PRK are popular forms of eye surgery that change the shape of the cornea to improve vision. Past forms of vision correction surgeries used a blade to shape the eye. These days, carefully-crafted lasers make the process faster, safer, and more successful than ever before.
What is LASIK Surgery?
Over 10 million Americans have had LASIK since it was approved by the FDA in 1999. LASIK is a type of corrective eye surgery, also known as “laser vision correction”.
Patients commonly choose to have LASIK surgery because they suffer from eye conditions like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, or presbyopia (need for reading glasses). In all of these conditions, the cornea’s ability to focus the light entering into the eye is affected and the person experiences blurry vision.
LASIK and PRK surgery uses a specially designed laser to reshape the cornea. The cornea is the dome-shaped area of clear tissue at the front of the eye that focuses the light that enters the eye so you can see clearly.
During the LASIK procedure, a doctor uses precise laser energy to cut a thin flap in the front of the eye. Then, they pull it back and use another laser to reshape the tissue underneath for better vision. The surgeon then replaces the flap to complete the surgery. With PRK, no flap is made and the surface of the cornea is reshaped.
Benefits of LASIK
The number one benefit is that it corrects blurry vision. Over 90% of people who receive LASIK and PRK eye surgery end up with 20/20 vision. The vast majority of people no longer need to use eyeglasses or contact lenses.
The risks of LASIK and PRK are relatively minimal but must be considered. Tear production can be affected by the procedure, resulting in dry, itchy eyes for a short time after the procedure. You may have difficulty seeing at night for a few weeks after the surgery or may notice some sensitivity to light.
Rare complications involving a loss of vision or worse vision are very rare with modern tools and techniques.
The procedure itself is virtually painless and most people notice an improvement on the day of the surgery or the day after. Overall, the benefits of LASIK greatly outweigh the risks.
A consultation at EyeSight Hawaii is the first step in your journey to better vision. Consultations are necessary to verify whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK.
During your consultation, one of our experienced surgeons will conduct a screening to determine if you are eligible. They will perform a refractive comprehensive eye exam to determine your exact prescription. The surgeon will measure your corneal curvature and thickness as well.
Patients with active eye diseases or those who are under the age of 18 do not qualify for LASIK or PRK surgery.
Your surgeon will go over the benefits and the risks so that you feel comfortable and confident prior to your treatment. The consultation is also a great time to ask any questions you may have about the procedure and provides you with the opportunity to get to know your doctor. Your consultation is a simple way to ensure you are getting the best care available.
Preparation for LASIK
Preparation for LASIK (excimer laser) is generally straightforward. You will be instructed to stop wearing soft contact lenses three days to a week before the procedure. Hard contacts and RGP (rigid gas permeable) lenses often require a longer period out of lenses.
Makeup, perfume, cologne, and body spray interfere with the laser and medications used in the procedure. You will be advised not to wear any of the above on the day of your procedure.
The day of your surgery will begin with a final eye examination to verify the previous data about your prescription. Then, the surgeon will give you powerful anesthetic eye drops to numb your cornea. The vast majority of patients will have the surgery performed on both eyes on the same day.
The LASIK surgery itself involves two lasers, one to create a corneal flap and the other to reshape the corneal tissue. Both steps only take a few minutes per eye. Then the surgeon will fold the flap back to expose the inner corneal tissue. The tissue is reshaped based on your specific requirements. The flap is replaced and will bond back to the eye on its own.
Then the surgeon will fold the flap back to expose the inner corneal tissue. The tissue is reshaped based on your specific requirements. The flap is The PRK surgery only involves one laser, the one that reshapes the cornea.
The entire procedure only takes about 10-15 minutes. You may notice improvements directly after the surgery as you are taken to post-op and discharged.
Recovery from LASIK
Directly after surgery, you should plan to rest and maybe take a nap as your eye recovers. Your doctor will provide you with a clear protective shield to protect your eyes for the first stage of healing. You might want to consider taking a few days off from work as your eyes adjust.
As with any procedure, the recovery from LASIK and PRK requires some extra care on your part. Temporary side effects such as dry, itchy eyes are common and not a cause for concern. You may also experience pain and discomfort, or some red and pink spots on the eye’s surface.
Vision changes are also common including light sensitivity, blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, and a glare or halo around bright lights. These changes could persist for up to a month after surgery.
Try not to rub your eyes the day after your surgery as it could interfere with the healing process. It can take up to six months to fully recover from surgery depending on the level of correction needed. Most of the symptoms listed above will fade with time, but you should let your doctor know if they worsen or persist past normal healing times.
Follow-ups after surgery are necessary to check on your healing progress. Your surgeon will examine your eye and may prescribe eye drops to prevent an infection or inflammation.
What Patients Say
Frequently Asked Questions
At EyeSight Hawaii, LASIK and PRK costs $2200 per eye. We understand that this is a significant investment, but ultimately, a lifetime supply of glasses or contact lenses would most likely be more expensive.
Unfortunately, LASIK and PRK are considered cosmetic surgery and therefore are not covered by insurance. If you are interested in financing your LASIK surgery, feel free to contact EyeSight Hawaii for budgeting options.
Generally, the procedure itself takes only 10-15 minutes and usually lasts a lifetime. Although your vision can change later in life due to other eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma.
Over response or under response to the treatment are all potential long-term complications of LASIK.
Over response is when too much tissue is removed. Under response means not enough tissue was taken out during the procedure. Both over- and under-corrections are treatable once the eye heals and the refraction becomes stable.
The need for retreatment (enhancement) is rare and at EyeSight Hawaii, unlike most other centers, there is no additional charge for these additional procedures.
Generally, LASIK and PRK surgery will correct a person’s eyes to 20/20 or 20/40. Patients with 20/40 vision should be able to drive without glasses.
About EyeSight Hawaii
EyeSight Hawaii is the leading specialist in dry eye, cataracts, LASIK surgery, and cornea surgery in Hawaii. Founded by chief surgeon John D. Olkowski, M.D, EyeSight Hawaii has been serving patients for over 20 years, offering the latest technology and most advanced procedures. If you’re seeking dry eye treatment in Hawaii, you can read more and schedule an appointment here.
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Overall, LASIK is a safe and straightforward procedure created to correct your vision and improve your quality of life. If you are looking for state-of-the-art LASIK eye surgery to cure your myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, or presbyopia, the eye doctors at EyeSight Hawaii in Honolulu, HI, and Maui, HI, has the experience and knowledge to help. Schedule an appointment online or call our office to schedule a consultation today!