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What's your Resolution? Enhance your vision, get more resolution.

Did you know In one year, the average contact lens wearer spends nearly 60 hours wetting, soaking, rubbing, cleaning and in other ways maintaining contact lenses. Get free of the hassle! Have you considered LASIK? Dr. Gailitis has been performing vision correction surgery in South Florida for more than twenty years and has a long list of pleased patients with better vision. Read more...

Sunday, December 1, 2013  


Get a fresh look for the fresh New Year: The truth about Dermal Fillers

Have you considered Dermal Fillers? Wrinkles form when this natural collagen thins. This loss is primarily a factor of aging; but exposure, pollution, health, heredity and lifestyle also play roles. Without enough collagen, wrinkles and lines start to form wherever the skin moves. Read more...

Monday, December 2, 2013  


New Year's Eve is made for late night fun: Check out tips to night time Driving
With the winter season officially upon us, our nights are longer, which means more nighttime driving. According to a national survey, 32% of drivers reported that they have trouble seeing in the dark. Read more...

Monday, December 3, 2013


Editing Holiday Pictures and want to get the Red out? Check out the causes of Red Eye in Flash Photography?
Have you ever wondered what causes eyes to appear red in photos? Usually this happens indoors or at night when the pupils are more dilated than usual. The light from camera flashes are generally located only a few inches from the camera's lens. Read more...

Monday, December 4, 2013


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month
aking some time to raise awareness about Glaucoma is imperative because most of symptoms are so difficult to identify, leaving many to refer to it as sneak thief of sight. Read more...

Monday, December 4, 2013

Photorefractive Keratectomy

PRKIf you're not an ideal candidate for LASIK eye surgery, PRK could be an option that you may want to consider. PRK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK is literally the first form of FDA approved laser vision correction which received official FDA approval in 1995 prior to even LASIK eye surgery. LASIK actually came after PRK and both use the excimer laser to reshape the cornea but there are some major differences.

PRK is a refractive eye surgery procedure that utilizes the excimer laser to reshape the cornea and improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism much like LASIK eye surgery. Once the cornea has flattened, light rays are more easily focused upon the retina. PRK differs from LASIK in that no flap of tissue is created prior to resculpting the cornea with the excimer laser. In LASIK this flap creation does enable a faster recovery period.

PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratotomy) Procedure

The procedure can be performed once the eye has been numbed with anesthetic drops. A speculum will be positioned to hold your eyelids back just like in LASIK so that you eyelids will not interrupt the actual surgery. The ophthalmologist will then remove the outer cornea cells and proceed with the actual laser treatment. The laser is then positioned to directly treat the cornea. This laser delivery takes less than one minute to complete for most patients. Once the laser treatment or refractive ablation is completed, the corneal curvature is reshaped, thus improving the refractive error. The PRK eye surgery uses an excimer laser to sculpt the surface of the eye. PRK only removes only 5-10% of the thickness of the cornea for mild to moderate myopia. The major benefit of this procedure is that the integrity and the strength of the corneal dome is retained. Your ophthalmologist will then place a bandage contact lens on the eye for improved comfort along with anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops.

What happens after PRK eye surgery?

Post-operatively, patients will be re-evaluated one day, three days, one week, one month, two to three months, and four to six months following the PRK procedure. The bandage contact lens can usually be removed on the second or third post-operative day when the epithelium is healed. Most patients will only require eye drops to control healing during the first 6 to 12 weeks, but other patients may require topically applied medications for up to 6 months or more following the procedure. In general, the greater the refractive error, the more likely the patient is to require eye drop medications for a prolonged period following the procedure.

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