I completely understand your frustration. No, I have not seen patients who have developed retinal detachments due to PRK or LASIK. PRK problems that do arise are usually on the cornea or front surface of the eye. To perform PRK we need to burn away the outermost 10% of the cornea with a solution. We then apply the laser correction to burn away the central part of the cornea. A bandage contact lens
is applied to the eye to promote healing and the outermost 10% of the eye then heals over the next week or so. Serious complications can arise during that exposed timeframe and, very rarely, severe infections can occur. Inflammation of the eye during the process can also cause lasting complications. Again, these problems are rather rare, but in cases of just one eye need to be seriously considered. Again, I am a bit more conservative than many doctors and don't like to take risks when it comes to vision, but that is my professional opinion. Contact lenses
in this high range can be problematic (as you already know.) Sometimes, especially when our options are limited, a certain amount of potential risk can be outweighed by the potential benefits of a procedure like PRK. I feel that you are absolutely doing the right thing by researching your options, however. There is no such thing as a patient who is too informed/educated regarding the risks and benefits of laser eye surgeries
. I hope this has helped. Again, I am speaking in general as each case needs to be evaluated individually. It certainly wouldn't hurt to obtain a PRK evaluation. Most doctors will perform this evaluation, often including the scans of the front part of the eye, for free. This will at least allow you an individualized opinion to add to your decision making.