PRK and scar

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PRK and scar

Postby GeneralPatientInquiry » Wed May 31, 2006 5:10 am

my daughter had prk surgery and they put contacts on afterward. they took one out initially , then when they took the other out they put the first one back in. my daughter took a long to heal but by May she was seeing pretty good. in July she was moving from Buffalo, NY to Arizona so went back for a checkup in Niagara Falls, Canada and they told her it was scarring and steroids would help but it would heal without them over a longer period of time. Well, it's worse now and she can hardly see out of the eye and it's hazy and make driving difficult. She came home ($$$$$) and the doctor said she could go on steroids again and have her eye monitored for pressure and maybe that would help. Otherwise, when she's home for net time they could either do surgery again or laser off the scarring. What do you think?
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Postby LasikExpert » Wed May 31, 2006 5:11 am

Much depends on exactly the nature of the "scaring". If this is late onset haze, which is a known complication of PRK, then the application of Mitomycin C may be appropriate. Steroids are usually a first line of attack for haze.

It appears that your daughter has had at least two opinions regarding the situation and both opinions apparently agree. However, before having additional tissue removal surgery, I recommend seeking an opinion from a cornea specialist. Your daughter's major medical insurance may cover the cost of care to treat the haze, even if they would not cover the original PRK.
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