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.
"Dr. Allison Tendler and the staff at Art Vision are THE BEST. Their approach to patient care is refreshing. They listen to me at every appointment. They discuss treatment options and are sincere in their concern for my eye health. Their facility is amazing. Everyone single member of the staff has taken the time to get to know me and greets me by name when I walk in. Dr. Tendler is an expert and has walked me through every step of the way. From someone who was scared to death of having anything done with my eyes to being given the gift of sight - Art Vision is a world class organization and we are lucky to have them here in Sioux Falls."- M.H. / Google / Feb 14, 2020
"I was very happy and well-pleased with the excellent job Dr. Tendler did on repairing my drooping eyelids. She is very caring and concerned about her patients. I enjoyed meeting her and am very happy with the work she did for me. Being able to see with wide open eyes, and no eyelashes blocking my vision is great. I didn't realize what a difference the surgery would make."- K.D. / Healthgrades / Apr 25, 2017
"Amazing Care! - Dr. Tendler was kind and considerate. She even called my home number after surgery to see how I was doing. I don't think anyone could find a more caring doctor or facility."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 16, 2016
"Dr. Alison Tendler gave me the gift of sight back! Without her help I would be completely blind today. For many years my sight was deteriorating. I had tried new eyeglasses with different prescriptions but noting seemed to help with my vision issues. My optometrist Dr. Alan Jones referred me to Dr. Tendler. January of 2010 Dr. Tendler did a cornea cell transplant on my left eye. I was 55 at the time. I was scared what if it didn't work and I was blind in my left eye. Several days later I was at my business sitting in my office when I looked up and realized that I was able to see and read a sign that was across the road over 400 feet away. Dr. Tendler recommended that I do the surgery on my other eye and I agreed with her. Today my vision in both eyes is 20/20. Thank you Dr. Alison Tendler you gave me my eyesight back. I am forever grateful. I highly recommend Dr. Alison Tendler!"- L.J. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
"8 months later I am thrilled by my refractive cataract surgery. I had both eyes done and within days of my surgeries being completed, I was amazed by how clearly I could see. By adding the refractive lenses, I am now able to read without the aid of glasses. As an avid golfer, I initially went in since I could not see the golf ball at a distance as it traveled and landed. I not only have my distance vision back, but my near vision as well. It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to see this well again."- J.H. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
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
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.