Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK)

Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK) is a procedure used to treat a variety of different diseases that may be affecting your cornea. It is often performed after more traditional treatment options have been unsuccessful at fully resolving the corneal disease. PTK is a minor surgical procedure that uses a gentle excimer laser to treat injury to the cornea or diseases that are affecting the surface of the cornea.

During a PTK procedure, a small outer layer of tissue is removed from the cornea. After your procedure, a contact lens bandage is put in place over the eye to promote healing and reduce any pain you may be experiencing. You will also receive medications, such as antibiotics, steroid drops, and moistening eye drops to help your eyes recover and heal after PTK.

After your PTK procedure, your vision many be slightly blurry or hazy for 1-2 weeks. Within 2-4 weeks your vision will settle in and full recovery from the procedure happens within three months.

Talk to your surgeon about the advantages and benefits of a PTK procedure to see if it’s right for you.