Effect of photorefractive keratectomy on visual functioning and quality of life

J Refract Surg. 1995 May-Jun;11(3 Suppl):S327-34. doi: 10.3928/1081-597X-19950502-29.


The authors present the results of the psychosocial outcomes of 45 patients undergoing excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). The patients were evaluated by means of self-report questionnaires preoperatively and 6 months after surgery to determine the effect of uncorrected vision change on the patients quality of life. The measurements include the following variables: clinical end points (spherical equivalent refraction); visual function (night driving, day driving, near vision, far vision, glare disability); functional status (physical, social, and role functioning, mental status); general well-being (health perceptions, personal well-being, overall quality of life); and satisfaction with surgery (expectations, satisfaction with medical staff, postoperative pain, satisfaction with treatment outcomes). Preliminary results indicate that changes of uncorrected vision after PRK are reflected by improvement in each of the quality-of-life functions.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Cornea / surgery*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Lasers, Excimer
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myopia / surgery*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy* / psychology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vision, Ocular / physiology*
  • Visual Acuity / physiology