Keratectomy or phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) is a laser-assisted surgical procedure used to treat corneal diseases and disorders. Prior to the approval of PTK for the treatment of these types of conditions, a full-thickness corneal transplant was the only option for corneal disease. PTK serves as a safe alternative and may prevent the need for a full corneal transplant at a later date. PTK works by removing the diseased or damaged corneal tissue and creating a smooth corneal surface for light to refract off of, thereby improving your vision. The highly customizable procedure is made further beneficial with the help of fellowship-trained and board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Alison R. Tendler's incredible experience. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of PTK, please contact ART Vision in Sioux Falls, SD to schedule a visit to our facility.
Best Candidates for Keratectomy
If you have been diagnosed with a corneal disease or disorder and are experiencing inconsistent vision, pain or irritation, and watering eyes, you may benefit from PTK. Certain health issues may prevent you from being considered a good candidate for PTK, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, or uncontrolled diabetes. During your initial visit to our facility, Dr, Tendler will review your medical history and lifestyle to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. PTK is most commonly performed for anterior basement membrane dystrophy (ABMD), recurrent corneal erosions (RCE), and Salzmann's nodular degeneration
Keratectomy Procedure Technique
From beginning to end, PTK is typically completed in less than 15 minutes. To begin the procedure, your eye will be numbed with a specialized eye drop. Next, an eye speculum will be used to hold your eye open so you do not have to worry about blinking. An excimer laser is then used to target and remove damaged or diseased tissue. The laser can also address corneal irregularities simultaneously, smoothing the cornea for a more natural refractive surface and hence improve your vision. When Dr. Tendler has completed the surgery, a specialized contact lens will be placed over the eye to help reduce discomfort as you heal.
Dr. Tendler will prescribe the medications needed following your surgery to prevent potential infection and control discomfort. Cold compresses can be used as needed to help with the pain. Patients can expect improved vision in as little as one week following surgery. However, some patients may need a few additional weeks before their optimal results are recognzied. You should schedule and attend as many follow-up appointments as are recommended by Dr. Tendler so that your healing can be properly monitored.
Are you are suffering from the symptoms of a corneal disorder? Would you like to learn more about keratectomy, or PTK, as potential treatment options? If so, contact ART Vision in Sioux Falls, SD to meet with Dr. Alison Tendler and her team. Our practice offers treatment options for many corneal diseases and can help you achieve improved vision that will help you live a higher quality life. See the World Better. See Yourself Better.