May 2007
Volume 48, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2007
Patient Satisfaction After Photorefractive Keratektomy
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • V. Kvaraciejute
    Ophthalmology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
  • N. Lyhne
    Ophthalmology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
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    Commercial Relationships V. Kvaraciejute, None; N. Lyhne, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2007, Vol.48, 5320. doi:
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      V. Kvaraciejute, N. Lyhne; Patient Satisfaction After Photorefractive Keratektomy. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2007;48(13):5320.

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Purpose:: To asses the long-term satisfaction and adverse effects, 5 to 9 years after PRK, in patients treated for myopia.

Methods:: A questionnaire, based on visual analogue scales, was sent to 203, 20-30 years old patients. They were treated with PRK for myopia in both eyes in the period from 1995 - 1999. The treatment range was -1.0 D to -15.5 D. The questionnaire included 19 questions and was divided into 3 subsections: [1] postoperative status and quality of life, [2] postoperative vision disturbances and [3] general postoperative satisfaction.

Results:: A 87.1 % participation rate was achieved.146 patients(85.4 %) reported a great improvement of their quality of life. 44 patients (24.9 %) still require visual correction. 36 (20.8 %) noted various degrees of difficulty with night time driving. Glare problems were experienced at night and significant problems were reported by 25 (14.2 %).149 patients (85.1 %) were generally very satisfied with the operation and 144 patients (82.8 %) would recommend the surgery to friends or family members.

Conclusions:: The questionnaire revealed a high level of satisfaction 5 to 9 years after PRK treatment for myopia, despite night time visual disturbances.

Keywords: refractive surgery: PRK • quality of life 

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