Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK)

Los Angeles Eye Doctor for LASIK

Corneal scarring is a common cause of poor eyesight. There are numerous reasons why people develop scars on the surface of their corneas. Just like a camera with a scratched lens, a scarred cornea can have devastating consequences on one's vision.

In the past, there was only one option to treat these scars: a corneal transplant. Although a transplant can restore one's vision very nicely, it is a significantly invasive operation, and is fraught with risks of complications that can include:

  • Infection
  • Graft rejection
  • Cataract formation
  • Retinal detachment
  • Blindness

If one's scar only involves the superficial layers of the cornea, they can potentially be removed using the same (excimer) laser that is used to perform LASIK surgery. This procedure is called Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK) and can obviate the need for a transplant altogether.

Schedule an Evaluation for PTK in Los Angeles or Encino

Dr. Soroudi is skilled in performing PTK for patients who suffer from very poor vision due to superficial corneal scarring, and he utilizes his own VISX S4 excimer laser to treat even the most advanced corneal scars with great success. If you have poor vision due to a corneal scar and you've been told you need a corneal transplant, we strongly encourage you to schedule an evaluation for PTK. You might be very surprised at how this procedure can improve your vision without having to undergo a serious medical operation. Contact the Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Center today.

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