If you have experienced eye trauma, injury, or corneal disease, it's possible to have scarring on the surface of the cornea. This can prevent light from passing through your full retina, leading to hazy, cloudy, or distorted vision. The cornea is the outer eye layer that bends light rays to help focus your eyesight so any corneal abnormalities, such as scar tissue, can cause impairments to your vision. Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) is a procedure that uses a laser to smooth rough or cloudy patches on the cornea. Until recently, the only way to improve the health of the cornea was a full- or partial-thickness corneal transplant. Now, Vance Thompson Vision is pleased to offer this cutting-edge treatment as a minimally invasive alternative to help patients achieve clearer vision.
Dr. Vance Thompson was a national medical monitor in the FDA clinical trials during the advancement of PTK in the United States. His team, including Dr. Daniel Terveen, is highly experienced in performing this laser surgery to precisely remove scar tissue and smooth the corneal surface.
Our team of eye specialists in South Sioux City, NE is very knowledgeable about treatments for the cornea and is here to provide excellent care to help you feel comfortable during every step of your journey to improved eyesight and ocular health. Our goal is to provide an unmatched experience for every patient. We encourage you to find out more about corneal treatment options by contacting us to schedule a consultation.
"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 / Nov 06, 2016
"3 months ago today I had PRK done by Dr. Vance & his amazing team. I couldn't be happier with my eyes. I'm on call a lot at the hospital I work at and get called at all hours of the night. It's nice just to be able to get up and go. Even with all the night driving I do, I do not experience any of the long term effects such as haloing or the starburst effects from headlights. I couldn't have asked for a better care team & experience."- K.S. / Facebook / Jul 16, 2014
"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 / Nov 06, 2017
"THANK YOU VANCE THOMPSON AND VISION TEAM! I had custom Lasik with -3.50 in both eyes. I was seeing 20/15 in both eyes within a couple days! Dr. Thompson, Dr. Rasmussen, and ALL the staff were friendly, personable, and AVAILABLE to answer questions. The science and technology is incredible, but the change in how I experience seeing my wife, children, and the environment around me is like a MIRACLE! I highly recommend Dr. Thompson and his Team! My wife is scheduled for PRK next week! We are so excited for her. Thank you ALL!"- D.M. / Facebook / Aug 30, 2014
"My experience at Vance Thomspon Vision was exceptional. The entire staff went above and beyond to help/explain the process of PRK. I would highly recommend VTV to anyone looking for Lasik or any questions regarding the procedure."- J.L. / Facebook / Jan 25, 2019
How PTK Works
Normally, the cornea (the outermost portion of the eye) bends light rays into the eye so that your eye can focus properly. However, if the cornea becomes damaged or irregular, the cornea can develop cloudy or rough spots that impair light from properly focusing onto the eye. With PTK, a laser is used to remove these abnormalities so that the cells can regenerate, revealing a smoother cornea that can better refract light. PTK can improve watery eyes, impaired vision, and eye discomfort and pain. PTK is a laser correction surgery that works most effectively for men and women who do not have chronic health issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, or uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
PTK Treatment Options
PTK is an outpatient procedure performed at Vance Thompson Vision, lasting about 10 – 15 minutes total. Prior to the start of your procedure, numbing anesthetic drops will be given to keep you as comfortable as possible. Next, a speculum will be used to hold your eyelids open, and then your surgeon will utilize an excimer laser to remove any scarred or damaged tissue while preserving the healthy portions of tissue. A bandage contact lens will be placed over your eye to minimize soreness and aid the healing process.
What to Expect with PTK
After PTK, our team will prescribe medication to speed healing and prevent infection. In general, there is a very low chance of infection. In addition, we recommend using ice packs to relieve any discomfort you may experience. It is important to take note of any follow-up instructions, such as using prescribed eye drops. Many patients have improved vision within a day of the procedure while others see better within a few days. Over the next 12 – 18 months, you may see continued improvements as the cornea continues to heal and stabilize.
Improve Your Vision
There's no need to continue to suffer with impaired vision any longer. With so many laser vision correction procedures out there today, it's possible to have improved eyesight and eye health. The world-renowned team at Vance Thompson Vision is highly experienced in addressing corneal abnormalities with treatments, such as phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK). If you live in the Siouxland area and would like to know more about PTK or other laser vision correction options, we invite you to contact our office in South Sioux City, NE to schedule a consultation.