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ASA/PRK in Auburn Hills, MI

What Is ASA/PRK?

Ophthalmology specialist Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck recognizes the disappointment individuals may feel who aren't ideal candidates for LASIK so she performs multiple variations of laser eye surgery, for example, ASA (advanced surface ablation), also called PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), and LASEK, at her facility in Auburn Hills, MI. ASA/PRK was the first groundbreaking version of laser vision surgery and has granted perfect vision or better to a multitude of men and women internationally. It was conducted safely and effectively for about a decade before the invention of the LASIK and LASEK techniques. Thankfully, ophthalmologists still use ASA/PRK procedures often, especially for patients who don't have enough corneal tissue for LASIK. PRK and other laser eye surgery methods are all practiced to resolve or improve vision problems, like myopia and hyperopia, though ASA/PRK is performed a bit differently and requires a longer healing process. Most importantly, ASA/PRK offers results that compare to or even exceed those of other laser refractive surgeries. Reach out to our team at Capstone Vision & Aesthetics for a comprehensive consultation if you believe you may be a suitable candidate for ASA/PRK. Candidates for ASA/PRK are those who have reached ocular maturity between the ages of 18 and 45.

What Can I Expect From ASA/PRK?

The majority of PRK treatments can be conducted in about ten minutes. For certain cases, Dr. Emmert-Buck might recommend holding off a week or so between procedures for each eye. Before the surgery, an eye care professional will fully numb the eye with no-sting eye drops to create maximum comfort. After the eye is numb, a suction device will be situated over the eye to prevent blinking. The ASA/PRK technique is very similar to LASIK and LASEK for its first steps. The primary difference with this method is that no corneal flap is created. Rather, the epithelial tissue of the eye is totally removed and disposed of in order to reshape the underlying cornea. Following the surgery, patients are given a protective contact lens to shield the eye while the epithelial tissue grows back. The epithelial tissue usually grows back in about two weeks so the overall downtime takes a little longer compared to other laser eye surgery methods.

What Are the Benefits of ASA/PRK?

An excellent alternative for those who may not be ideal candidates for other popular procedures, like LASIK, ASA/PRK might be the best choice for many seeking clearer vision. ASA/PRK offers many advantages to our Auburn Hills, MI clients looking to receive corrective vision treatment, such as:

  • Fewer qualifiers than other competing procedures
  • Brief recovery time that leaves patients able to return to everyday life within days
  • Restorative process that removes reliance on other vision correctors, such as glasses and contacts
  • Long-lasting results that provide vision improvements for years to come
  • $5900

I can highly recommend Dr. Emmert-Buck. I had cataract surgery on both eyes as well as a lens inserted on both this summer and I can see 20/20 without glasses, it's a life changer. Dr Emmert-Buck is a very caring and meticulous doctor/person and explains everything before and after surgery in an easy to understand manner. She also takes her time with you when you are in her office to go through all the exams and any questions you might have. I'm recommending all my family and friends to see her for any eye needs.

C.M. Google

Dr. Emmert-Buck is truly one of the most genuinely caring doctors that I have met. She spent so much time with me during my visits and was very thorough. She was able to solve the issues with my eye quickly, trialing multiple options to see what worked best. The office manager is also an amazing lady; so kind, helpful, and organized. I highly recommend this office to anyone!

S.S. Google

My experience has been excellent going to Dr. Emmert-Buck for regular eye checkups and most recently surgery. Highly recommend

B.H. Google

I have Dr. Emmert-Buck and her staff to thank for resolving my vision issues..the office is very professional, courteous and timely, so glad I found them!

J.S. Google

This was my first time having an eye exam and Dr. Leslie was very professional and friendly at the same time. Great experience!

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Since it was the original approach to laser refractive surgery, ASA/PRK has been helping individuals with dependable vision correction for decades. For those who were previously disappointed that they weren't good candidates for LASIK, ASA/PRK may be the best answer. At Capstone Vision & Aesthetics, our fantastic team has happily provided sharp eyesight to many Auburn Hills, MI clients. Reach out to us to plan a consultation so Dr. Emmert-Buck can determine whether ASA/PRK is the ideal option for you.

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