Patient satisfaction following photorefractive keratectomy for myopia

J Refract Surg. 1995 May-Jun;11(3 Suppl):S335-6. doi: 10.3928/1081-597X-19950502-30.


This study was conducted to evaluate the subjective response of patients who underwent photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for myopia with the Summit Technology UV 200 LA excimer laser (Summit Technology, Inc., Waltham, Mass.) (3.5 to 5.0 mm diameter ablation zone) 36 months previously. One-hundred thirteen patients with preoperative myopia between -1.50 diopters (D) and -6.50 D with an ablation diameter of 3.5 mm to 5.0 mm answered a questionnaire at the 36-month examination. Sixty-two percent of patients had both eyes treated. Halo problems were experienced always by 34% of patients in the group, 26% sometimes, and 40% never. Permanent night vision problems were experienced by 40%; 30% reported them sometimes and 30% reported no problems at all. Sixty percent never needed to use glasses after treatment, 30% sometimes did, and 10% always wore glasses. Seventy percent of patients thought the results were very good; the remaining 30% experienced different degrees of halo and night vision problems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cornea / surgery*
  • Corneal Opacity / etiology
  • Eyeglasses
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lasers, Excimer
  • Male
  • Myopia / surgery*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy* / adverse effects
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy* / psychology
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vision Disorders / etiology