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PRK Laser Eye Surgery for Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism

PRK Laser Eye Surgery

PRK Laser Surgery

PRK Laser eye surgery “Photo Refractive Keratectomy” means that the epithelial layer at the top of the cornea is softened with a solution of BSS and Alcohol and completely stripped. And the cornea is shaped with Excimer Laser without creating a flap. Therefore PRK Laser Eye Surgery is one of the oldest laser eye surgery technique.

PRK Laser Eye Surgery is between LASEK and NoTouch-TransEpithelial PRK.

Especially in this technique, the first 2-3 days can cause moderate pain and watering and stinging sensation throughout the day. After the surgery a soft contact lens must be place for protection and it will be remove after 4 to 5 days, depending on the healing status of the cornea.

PRK Laser Eye Surgery the clarity of vision may take up to 1 week. Although vision becomes much clearer after the 3rd month, and it is possible for patients to continue their daily lives during this period.

Therefore this surgery is painful and seems to be negative in terms of recovery in a longer time. This is a safe method that has been used for a long time. It is an alternative and reliable excimer laser method for patients with a thin cornea and sensitive profile, which prevents LASIK from being performed medically, and who also have a high prescription glasses.

Who is PRK Laser Eye Surgery suitable for?

It performs to correct the eye defects of patients with suitable eye structure. Such as Myopia (nearsighted), Hypermetropia (farsighted), Presbyopia (Reading Vision), Astigmatism and keratoconus problems. In particular, visual defects are among the health problems that complicate the daily life of patients and reduce their quality of life considerably. Moreover, these vision problems make it necessary to use contact lenses or prescription glasses to improve the quality of life of individuals. As a result, it significantly reduces the life comfort of the patients. In particular, these obligations creates undesirable situations that cause discomfort in the daily lives of many people.

It is possible to get rid of eye defects with the PRK Laser Eye Surgery method.

Especially for patients between the ages of 18 and 60 who have suitable eyes. Although, PRK is one of the oldest laser eye surgery technique in the world for patients who want to maximize their quality of life. You can contact us 24/7 to get information about PRK Laser Eye Surgery. In particular, you can come to our hospitals and have your detailed eye examinations done without paying any fee. Thus, it is possible to learn from our experts whether you are suitable for PRK Laser Eye Surgery very quickly.

You can find out if you are a suitable candidate for Laser Eye Treatments by contacting our team. Just call us or have us call you back. Accordingly, our patient coordinators will answer all your questions and guide you through the whole process.

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Laser Eye Surgery. Cataract and Lens Replacement Eye Surgeries. Keratoconus Cross-Linking Surgery. Cornea Transplant. Blepharoplasty Aesthetic Surgeries. Vitrectomy Surgeries. Prosthetic Eye Surgeries. Strabismus Crossed Eye Squint Treatments, Diabetic Retinopathy Disease. Glaucoma Disease and Treatments. Retinitis Pigmentosa Disease and Treatments. Dry Eye Syndrome Treatments. Periodic Eye Examinations. FAQ.

Frequently Ask Questions About PRK Laser Eye Surgery

At what age can I have PRK Laser Eye Surgery?

PRK Laser Eye surgery can applies to patients aged 18 years and older with suitable eye structure under normal conditions.

Should I choose PRK Laser Eye surgery or (No-Touch) TransEpithelial-PRK Laser Eye surgery?

PRK Laser Eye Surgery

If your eye is not suitable for LASIK eye surgery, according to your doctor’s advice, PRK Laser Eye Surgery may be a slightly more comfortable choice for you. In the PRK method, the patient spends 2-3 days with moderate stinging and burning sensations. Vision improves within 1 week and it may take 3 months to achieve a good vision. Medically, it can be preferred with the decision of your doctor in patients whose corneas are below the legal limits, who have undergone retinal detachment surgery and have glaucoma, or in patients with special health conditions.

When can I return to my normal life after PRK Laser Eye Surgery?

PRK Laser Eye Surgery

Especially, patients spends 2-3 days with moderate stinging and burning sensations. Vision improves within 1 week and it may take 3 months to achieve a good vision. Therefore it can be preferred with the decision of your doctor in patients whose corneas are below the legal limits, who have undergone retinal detachment surgery and have glaucoma, or in patients with special health conditions. As as result of this surgery, patients cannot go to work for 2-3 days and cannot drive. They cannot wash face for up to 1 week. For 2 weeks after the operation, you are not do make-up or enter the pool and do any sweaty sports activity.

What’s the success rate of laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a highly effective treatment. Especially, PRK Laser Eye Surgery having very high success rates. we treat, 98.8% achieved 20/20 vision or better following surgery.

Are both eyes treated at the same time?

With all laser eye surgery procedures, surgery performs on a single eye at a time. Both eyes usually treats on the same surgery.

Can I have laser eye surgery while I’m breastfeeding or pregnant?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need to wait to be eligible for treatment as hormonal changes could affect your eyesight. You can consider having laser eye surgery three months after you stop breastfeeding or if you are not breastfeeding, three months after you give birth.

Can Keratoconus patients have Laser Eye Surgery?

PRK Laser Eye Surgery

Keratoconus is a slowly progressive degenerative eye disease that causes the cornea to become thinner and outward cone than normal. Significant vision problems, such as vision loss, may also result. You can stop this disturbing disease with Cross-Linking Surgery.  Patients must use Prescription glasses. For our patients who have reached a certain age older than 35 years old and whose cornea is suitable, Laser Eye Surgeries can be apply together with Cross-Linking treatment to get rid of eye defects and prescription glasses. Also Intraocular Phakic ICL lens application can be a solution for our patients who have Keratoconus. And also who cannot have Laser Eye Surgery because of thin cornea or have a very high prescription.

What are the most common risks and temporary side effects?

PRK Laser Eye Surgery
Laser Eye Surgery

In PRK Laser Eye Surgery, there are a number of complications that can be dealt with, though rarely. As such, it is important to choose an expert eye surgeon who often deals with eye complications.

The list of Surgery Risks and rare complications:
  • Eye infections that may occur when people do not take their medication properly.
  • Epithelial ingrowth.
  • Flap slippage due to unconscious contact after the surgery
  • “Haze” blurry eye.

These problems can be compensated with medical intervention.

Do I need to have surgery again?

There is a possibility of re-operation, especially in patients who use high prescription glasses. That’s why Sensitive Profile Patient Program available for high prescription patients.

Is Laser Eye Surgery 100% guaranteed for life?

One of the most frequently mentioned issues among patients is the increase in eye diopters after surgery. Basically, laser eye surgery is a correction surgery. No doctor can guarantee that your eyes will not deteriorate in the future. Although doctors will only comment on your eye condition in future. Your eye is an important organ of your body and it ages with you just like your other organs. It is possible for your eyes to deteriorate again for any medical reason after this surgery. However, under normal conditions, the eye of a healthy individuals will not deteriorate.

If you have some cronical diseases that cause deterioration of our eyes (such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and kidney diseases, etc. ). It is important to be under strict control. Visit your eye doctor regularly. A lifetime guarantee cannot be offer to the patients in all refractive eye treatments. In case your eyes deteriorate again in the future, your doctor will try to correct your eyes with possible treatments.

What should you expect after laser eye surgery?
  • Temporary flashes of light in your night vision after surgery.
  • The sun is very bright during the day.
  • Temporary dry eye syndrome.

In order to avoid these, you must follow the actions your doctor tells you to take.

Especially for Presbyopia patients, your doctor will give you specific advice. The duration of treatment satisfaction will vary according to the age of each patient. Patients over the age of 50 may be more satisfy with Presbyopia LASIK Smart Laser Eye Surgery. This is because their reading vision problem will progress slowly. Your doctor will definitely inform you about this. Do not forget that since everyone’s eye structure is different, no patient is exactly like another patient.

What are the important complications for No-Touch (T-PRK) or PRK Laser Eye Surgery?

Especially in this technique, A long-term laser beam or by manual surgical procedure removes the epithelial top layer of cornea. For this reason, the patient spends 3-4 days in severe pain and discomfort after the surgery.

In this technique vision capability restore back in 1 week. Accordingly for a good vision, patients needs to wait about 1-2 months. This method uses more laser beams and heat on the cornea than the LASIK technique.

In order to prevent the risk of “Haze” blurry eye complications due to thermal impact. Some medications and procedures need to applies during the surgery. However, these medications and procedures are not 100% guaranteed to eliminate the risk of “Haze”. No-Touch or PRK method is not eligible for hyperopia patients because of the risk of “Haze” depending on the condition of the eye. There is no “Haze” Risk in LASIK Laser Eye Surgery.

How can this risk be minimized?

We use the new Excimer Laser Technology “Dynamic Spot Technique” to minimize the risk of “Haze”. This is a technique which minimizes risk of thermal impact “Haze” complication. It is widely use in Smart Laser Eye Centers.

Can Laser Eye Surgery cause a permanent problem?

Especially Laser Eye Surgery will not cause permanent damage to the eyes of patients. Unless if there is any technical, medical and / or doctor’s fault. Especially in Smart Laser Eye Centers, all surgeries are recording and storing in our cloud system for training and quality assurance purposes.

The important factors related to laser eye surgery.

Excimer Laser Eye Surgeries

Laser Eye Surgery is a minimally invasive surgery used in the treatment of eye refraction errors. Although the percentage of risks are very low. Most likely other surgeries, some complications are possible. In addition, patients should do their part to minimize these risks and pay attention to some issues.

We can list the topics to be considered in order to minimize these risks as follows.
  • Patient Factor
  • Physician Factor
  • Technology Factor
  • Hospital Factor
Patient Factor

Especially wrong patient selection is the most important risk factor for eye surgeons. Wrong patient selection is valid for all eye surgeries. The age, medical history, corneal thickness, the structure of eye, and health condition is very important for Laser Eye Surgery.

Who is not suitable for Your Laser Eye Surgery?
  • Certain systematic diseases.
  • You should not have an active eye infection.
  • During pregnancy and breastfeeding, mothers are not suitable. Patients need to wait until the end of breastfeeding period.
  • Thin corneas below the limits.
  • Cataract patients.
  • You must not have had eye herpes.
  • Severe diabetes syndromes.
  • Rheumatic disease and dry eye syndrome may endanger a person’s eyes. Dry eyes must be treated before surgery.
  • Genetic corneal diseases.
  • Permanent retinal diseases.
Amblyopia (lazy eye)

For patients with lazy eye (amblyopia), alternative treatments are available. Besides laser surgery can improve vision capability slightly compared to prescription glasses. Laser Eye Surgery is a solution for patients who can not use wearing prescription glasses. Amblyopia is an eye condition, especially in children, where eyes are not able to focus properly.

Why avoid cheap Laser Eye Surgery?

You may think that a cheap Laser Eye Surgery is good for you. In this case, you renounce technology, physician quality, medical care and sterile conditions. Furthermore, even more importantly, you take risks.

What you should take into account to make your decision?

We highly recommend that our patients select newest excimer laser technology and screening equipments, hospitals where the environments are completely sterile, experienced eye surgeons and team. We want to remind our patients that they only have two eyes and it’s the most important and sensitive organ.

Physician Factor

Our experienced Eye Surgeons have graduated best medical schools in the world with highest rank. Such as Harvard Medical School, Viena Medical School, Cerrahpasa Medical School and Hacettepe Medical School. Our eye surgeons have successfully completed nearly 100,000 surgeries in total with 35 to 15 years of experience. At the Smart Laser Eye Centers, our patients eye condition evaluates together by all of our eye surgeons.

Especially patients should pay attention to a few factors when choosing their eye surgeon. These factors include the doctor’s experience, education, academic career, and experience with complications. The medical support team is also important. A good doctor definitely wants to work with a good medical team. If you have decided to have Laser Eye Surgery. We recommend you choose hospitals with specialist physicians and new technologies.

Technology Factor

Laser Eye Surgery is something that assures a patient of a lower risk for his health when the procedure is performed in a high-tech hospital. The personalized elegance to this surgery is mostly decided through the surgeon’s training level, academic qualification and clinical experience of various specialists working together. Certainly, every eye surgeon would want to use that latest technology as it is necessary to be acquired and used during every operation. It doesn’t matter how well they know the procedure, they would want to use that most advance technology.

Hospitals who invested in this technology should not be expected to offer cheap surgery. Hospitals are investing in these advanced technologies make this investment by thinking of their patients. Eye treatment technologies are among the branches that require much higher investment compared.

Hospital Factor

Especially in full-fledged hospitals have to apply strict rules on sterilization. These rules apply to all patients. Patients prefer to have Laser Eye Surgeries because they are more secure. Being in a full-fledged hospital is also sterile. In addition, full-fledged hospitals give patients a sense of assurance. Smart Laser Eye Centers locates in fully-fledged of multiple disciplines hospitals.

How much does laser eye surgery cost?

PRK Laser Eye Surgery Pricing

The procedure does to treat refractive errors more effectively. Laser Eye Surgery is usually performing on two eyes. Sometimes patients would need correction for only one eye. Therefore price can give for single eye surgeries.

We give laser eye surgery pricing as includes all on the cost.

PRK Laser Eye Surgery outcomes include the performance of the following actions:

  • Laser eye surgery eligibility checks (free of charge).
  • Surgery Examination.
  • 2 eye drops they use for the first month.
  • Protective Glasses.

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Surgery Information

On the day of the operation, you will be welcomed by our nurse or our expert staff. Before the operation, you will be told in detail what you will experience. Our doctor who will perform the surgery will answer all your questions.

Surgery Examination

Your tests and examinations required for the surgery are completed. A 3D map of your eye is created. As a result of your tests and examinations, the planning of your treatment is made by your doctor. Finally, your doctor will show you how to see after surgery.

Surgery Preparation

Just before starting the operation, numbing drops are placed in your eye. The area around your eye is sterilized. It is fixed with a special apparatus so that you do not close your eyelids. During the operation, you do not feel any pain, but you feel touched.

Eye Preparation

Before laser can be applied to your eye, the epithelial layer on the upper part of your cornea is softened by applying a mixture of BSS serum and alcohol. Afterwards, your doctor will completely scrape the epithelial layer and prepare your eye for laser treatment.

Laser Shooting

With the push of a button, your doctor directs the robotic laser to your eye. After this stage, the robotic laser finds your eye, locks onto your eye and approaches your eye until the distance to which the laser shot will be fired. After the laser reaches the distance to be shot, your doctor starts the laser shot and the laser process is completed. Afterwards, the robotic laser leaves your eye and returns to its place.

End of the Surgery

After the laser shot is completed, your doctor will wash your eye and place clear soft contact lenses for protection. Finally, the eye drops are dripped into your eyes and your surgery is completed. Then you can get up from the table.

First 2-3 Days

From the first hour after the surgery and for 2-3 days, you may experience a moderate stinging or burning sensation. Your vision starts to improve after 2-3 days. During this period, you should definitely not touch your eyes and use the eye drops given to you. On the 2nd or 3rd day of the surgery, your doctor will examine you and remove the soft contact lens placed in your eye.

First 30 Days

Your doctor or our specialists will explain in detail what you need to do after the surgery. All details such as not rubbing your eyes and using your eye drops regularly, when to do sports and when to take a shower are shared with you.

After 1st Month

At the end of the first month, you must come for control. The first month examination is very important for your eye health. All tests and examinations are done again. The condition of your eyes is evaluated and information is given about the success of the surgery. The healing process of your cornea continues until the sixth month. The side effects of the surgery, if any, will decrease and disappear during this period. It is recommended that all our patients have eye check-ups every year.

Your Expert Eye Surgeons

Op. Dr. Ali Nihat Ofluoğlu, Our eye doctors, Göz Doktoru, göz Doktorlarımız, Göz cerrahlarımız

Dr. Ali Nihat Ofluglu

Education Information:

After graduating from primary school in Trabzon, Dr. Ofluoglu. He completed secondary and high school in Istanbul. He graduated from Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine in 1987. He successfully completed his ophthalmology residency at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He received his specialization equivalency in Turkey from Istanbul University Capa Faculty of Medicine . He worked as an Ophthalmologist at Taksim German Hospital between 1997-2014 as an ophthalmologist.

Work experience:

German HospitalGalata Medical Academy

Certificates, Memberships, Scientific Publications:

  • Articles Published in International Refereed Journals (Sci&Ssci&Arts And Humanities)
  • Traenenwege from Die Endeskopie Der Ablrite. Akuchar, P. Novak,
  • Ofluoglu FJ: Steinkogler. Spectrum Der Augenheikunde (1985)
  • Volumersatz Der Orbita Myth Bioplastic. FJ Steinkogler, A. Kuchar,
  • Novak, A.Ofluoglu Spektrum Der Augenheikunde
  • Turkish Ophthalmology Association
  • European Society Of Cataract And Refractive Surgeons
  • American Society Of Cataract And Refractive Surgery

Specialized Treatments and Surgeries:

  • Retractive Laser Eye Surgery: iLASIK (Femto Lasik), LASIK, LASEK, TransEpithelial PRK (NO TOUCH) and SMILE
  • Cataract Surgery (Smart Lens Surgery)
  • Keratoconus Treatments – Cross-Linking Surgeries
  • Pterygium – Eyelid (Bird Wing) Surgery-
  • Dry Eye Disease and Treatments
  • Strabismus Treatments
  • Glaucoma- Glaucoma Eye Pressure Treatments
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – Treatments for Diabetes-Related Eye Diseases
  • Macular Degeneration Disease Treatments

Foreign language:

  • English
  • German
Medical University of Vienna
35 Years of Experience
>35.000 Surgery
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Op. Dr. Alim Huseynov, Göz Doktoru, Our eye doctors, göz Doktorlarımız, Göz cerrahlarımız, eye surgeon, cornea expert, eye doctor

Dr. Alim Huseynov

Education Information

He completed primary, secondary and high school in Baku. He graduated from Azerbaijan Medical Faculty in 2010. He completed his ophthalmology residency in Baku National Ophthalmology Center Azerbaijan . He was entitled to receive the Presidential Scholarship of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2014, and completed the equivalence of specialization in Turkey in the Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Selcuk University in 2014-2018, and worked as a research assistant and ophthalmologist at the university until 2018. He worked as an Ophthalmologist at Private LIV Hospital Nation between 2019-2022.

Work experience:

  • Selcuk University Faculty of Medicine
  • Private LIV Hospital Ulus

Certificates, Memberships, Scientific Research:

  • Peroperative developing choroidal detachment and its management.
  • Surgical Approach in Posterior Polar Cataract.
  • Iatrogenic retinal artery occlusion caused by cosmetic facial autologous fat filler injections.
  • Effect of Smoking on Ocular Surface and Corneal Nerves.
  • Lupus choroidopathy in a patient with discoid lupus erythematosus.
  • Endophthalmitis and its treatment with early parsplanavitrectomy.
  • Turkish Ophthalmology Association.

Specialized Treatments and Surgeries:

  • Retractive Laser Eye Surgery: iLASIK (Femto Lasik), LASIK, LASEK, Trans Epithelial PRK (NO TOUCH) and SMILE
  • Cataract Surgery (Smart Lens Surgery)
  • Keratoconus Treatments – Cross-Linking Surgeries
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Dry Eye Disease and Treatments
  • Strabismus Surgery
  • Glaucoma- Glaucoma Eye Pressure Treatments
  • neuro ophthalmology
  • Retinal Diseases Treatments
  • Oculoplasty
  • Uveitis Diseases
  • Ectropion and entropion surgery – Eyelid deformity treatments
  • Enucleation and Evisceration Prosthetic Eye Surgery

Foreign language:

  • English
  • German
  • Russian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Turkish
 Medical University of Selcuk
12 Years of Experience
>8.000 Surgery
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Definitely avoid low-cost Laser Eye Surgery

You may think that an inexpensive laser eye surgery is right for you. This might be fine if you're buying a cheap TV, but it's not worth the gamble with your eyesight. But as you know, having cheap eye surgery means sacrificing technology, physician quality, medical care and sterile conditions, and most importantly, taking risks. The issues that fall on a patient who wants to have laser eye surgery and should pay the most attention; The hospital with the latest technology excimer laser and imaging devices, sterile environment and experienced doctors and clinical team should be selected. We would like to remind all our patients that they only have two eyes and that the most important and most sensitive sense organ is their eyes.
None of these things are more important than your eye health, and we do not compromise on quality and cutting-edge technology. We offer you our prices in a very understandable, fair and affordable way.
There are no hidden costs in our pricing. We make Laser Eye Surgery affordable for you.

Forget about your year-round expenses for your eye lenses, eyeglasses expense and more importantly, losing your eyeglasses and lenses!

Don't you want to get rid of all the trouble and expense related to your glasses and lenses? Tired of living with your glasses or contact lenses?

Imagine how nice it would be to dive, ski, jog, bike and exercise freely at the bottom of the sea without needing any of these!

We want you to know that we are 100% committed to the best possible laser eye treatment for your eyes.