Participate In Our LASIK or PRK Studies

The John A. Moran Eye Center at University of Utah Health is conducting three studies for participants interested in vision correction surgery, specifically LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). These studies allow patients to receive surgery at a discounted rate. For more information or to participate, please call 801-213-0125.

1. Safety of pAF after PRK Study

We are studying the differences in healing after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) with the use of processed amniotic fluid eye drops compared to placebo. The processed amniotic fluid eye drops contain many growth factors and nutrients that have been used for over 100 medical conditions and are hypothesized to help with ocular surface healing. This study is specifically evaluating whether the use of amniotic fluid drops minimizes discomfort, influences visual outcomes or hastens healing compared to the use of a placebo saline solution.

The patients in this study will receive PRK in both eyes at a discounted fee. The study will involve taking a survey.

2. LASIK/PRK CONTOURA Study

Purpose: Compare outcomes of topography-guided laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and phororefractive keratectomy (PRK) compared to wavefront optimized LASIK and PRK

We are studying the difference in results between eyes that have been treated with the standard procedure for laser vision correction (LASIK or PRK), called wavefront optimized treatment, compared to eyes treated with a new FDA approved treatment for laser vision correction. The new treatment is called topography-guided laser vision correction and it uses maps of the peaks and valleys of the surface of the eye to help determine the amount and location of laser treatment. Both procedures are FDA approved and are being performed widely across the United States. Both forms of treatment have shown excellent results in clinical trials for LASIK and PRK surgery. We are interested in studying the results of our treatments at the Moran Eye Center.

We want to understand if there are any small differences in results of these procedures as performed at our institution. National studies have shown that patients obtain excellent vision with either form of LASIK and either form of PRK treatment, but small differences in laser vision correction procedures can exist at individual institutions and we want to understand the results at our center. One of the best ways to study any potential differences is to look at fellow eyes in the same person that each receive a different type of treatment. This type of study has been done in the past at our institution and demonstrated that other forms of laser vision correction resulted in similar visual quality.

This involves taking a survey as well taking some extra photography or pictures of the eye, most of which are done as a standard part of the treatment course for laser refractive surgery.

3. Dry Eye Following LASIK vs. PRK Study

We are studying the difference in the incidence of chronic dry eye following treatment with two commonly performed forms of refractive surgery, PRK and LASIK. The clinical literature has shown variable results regarding the incidence of dry eyes following LASIK and PRK. Both procedures are routinely done as standard of care. Both forms of treatment have shown excellent results in clinical trials for LASIK and PRK surgery.

One of the best ways to study potential differences is to look at fellow eyes in the same person that each receive a different type of treatment. The patients in this study will receive PRK in one eye and LASIK in the other at a discounted fee. This type of study has been done in the past at our institution and demonstrated that each form of laser vision correction resulted in similar visual quality.