what is Super K?
A superficial keratectomy, sometimes shortened to "Super K," is a type of eye surgery that works to smooth out or take out the anterior (outer) layer of the corneal tissue, the epithelium. This process could be necessary for some people who have specific eye conditions or have endured corneal trauma. Apart from worsening vision, these symptoms could additionally result in chronic dry eye, severe discomfort, or a gritty, grain-like sensation in the eye. At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, our board-certified ophthalmologists perform this procedure with the highest level of precision and care to enhance your eye health and restore your overall comfort.
What Are The Benefits Of Superficial Keratectomy?
A superficial keratectomy procedure at Focal Point Vision offers a wide range of great benefits to improve your vision, including:
- Correcting corneal defects
- Improving astigmatism
- Enhancing eye comfort
- Reducing inflammation
- Preventing progressive scarring
- Can be performed alongside other procedures (cataract surgery, etc.)
- Quick, easy, and comfortable outpatient procedure
"Excellent care from the staff as well as doctor Daughtry."- A.D. / Google / Jun 14, 2022
"Dr. Lehmann, Dr. Conner and Dr. Daughtry have all made a positive impact on my life with their help on my ICL surgery. I had an eye infection nine years ago that created scar tissue over my right eye’s cornea. When I first sought out LASIK doctors told me my eye was too fragile with its scar tissue; I was pretty disappointed that there may not be a way for me to get out of my glasses. I have been a dancer all my life and the change in my eye’s health changed the way I was able to dance and perform. It wasn’t until this past year that a doctor in Austin recommended Focal Point Vision for its surgeons, Dr. Lehmann and Dr. Maverick, and the ICL procedure. I went in for a few consultations before I was green-lit by Dr. Daughtry to meet with Dr. Lehmann, who performed my surgery. I am impressed by how well the entire team handled my scheduling and worked together to make sure I was informed and comfortable for the operation. I was filled with great relief when Dr. Lehmann told me I was a candidate for ICL after so many no’s on LASIK (understandably after I learned more about the two operations). While ICL could not ‘erase’ the scar tissue on my cornea, the operation has already brought a great improvement to my day to day life. The day of my surgery, Dr. Lehmann’s surgical techs, Holly, Gina, and Ashlea took great care of me before the surgery and I want to make sure to give them a shout out and thank you! They were all professional and inspiring in how well they treated me. The operation itself was short and easy. A few hours post-operation I met with Dr. Amy Conner. She blew me out of the water with her professionalism, empathy, and knowledge; Within minutes under her care I joked I was going to find a way to put her into my will for how great of a doctor she is. I will settle for naming my first born child after her (Kidding). A huge thank you to Dr. Amy Conner, I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for an informed doctor who leads with her knowledge and emotional intelligence. She took care of me on an intense day with swiftness and expertise. The evening of my operation Dr. Lehmann called me to check in. He knew the details of my follow up with Dr. Amy Conner and was there in case I needed anything. After the call I looked to my mom and said, “Holy cow. I bet he’s been up since 3 or 4am and just finished his day and still called me. Wow.” It was definitely above and beyond. I don’t expect my surgeon to give me a personal call - they are busy giving people new eyes! Still I felt like my operation was in the best hands it could have been. The day following my surgery I woke up feeling incredible. My mom could not believe how well I could see. I was even able to drive both myself and my mom home and have felt comfortable ever since. To anyone contemplating ICL, I cannot recommend this team enough. I am so grateful I can see now without my glasses. I have been through some tough times these last nine years with my vision. I have also had some pretty depressing eye doctor visits that left me feeling hopeless and some that misdiagnosed me in other clinics. I am so fortunate to have been able to visit Focal Point Vision. Thank you, FPV, for giving me my dancing freedom back without the stress of contacts or glasses. It means the world to me."- A.G. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"Just unbelievable how great everyone is. I’ve decided to make this my yearly eye check-up destination. I recently had cataract surgery on my left eye and have no qualms with addressing my right eye in the near future. From the receptionists, to all the assistants and the Drs, I had a great experience. You won’t regret coming here. 👍🏼"- M.M. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"Staff was courteous from the front door to the Doctor. Dr. Maverick was exceptionally professional, answered my questions and was truthful in his responses. He did not push me to have surgery but left it up to me to decide. Although I will eventually need the surgery he did say there was no urgency at this moment. I appreciated his assessment."- R.H. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"As usual, my follow-up visit with Dr. Daughtry was very comprehensive & thorough. Optical exams by Dr. Daughtry & Dr. Maverick always make me feel confident with my visual acuity. Thank you!"- D.L. / Google / Jun 09, 2022
HOW IS A SUPERFICIAL KERATECTOMY DONE?
A superficial keratectomy is performed on an outpatient basis and utilizes mild anesthesia. This is a fast and effective procedure that is typically finished within several minutes. To begin, a member of our team will fully numb your eyes using special drops. As soon as your eyes are desensitized, we will place a device over the eye to keep you from blinking. We will then use fine instruments to remove or smoothen out the tissue of the epithelium. After this, we will carefully remove any remaining damaged tissue. At the conclusion of your procedure, we will place a bandage contact lens over the eye for protection and to aid in the healing process.
Superficial Keratectomy FAQ
Is superficial keratectomy safe?
Yes, it is. Multiple clinical studies have found that superficial keratectomy is a safe and effective procedure to treat a variety of conditions to reduce blurry vision, enhance visual acuity, remove corneal scarring, reduce corneal astigmatism, and more.
Is Super K (superficial keratectomy) painful?
No, not at all. Before the procedure begins, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic drops to keep you comfortable. Most people only feel a slight sense of pressure, if they feel anything at all. After your procedure, during the recovery phase, some discomfort is normal, which is sometimes compared to having something in your eye. This discomfort typically resolves in a few days.
How long is recovery after superficial keratectomy?
Recovery times can vary for each patient, but typically, most recover in about 3 – 7 days. During this time, you will be given antibiotic eye drops to use. Vision in the treated eye may be blurry for a few days or weeks. Complete healing may take about 6 – 8 weeks.
am i a candidate for super k?
Our team of board-certified ophthalmologists at Focal Point Vision has successfully enhanced the eye health and sight of countless patients with anterior corneal damage. The superficial keratectomy is a quick and effective treatment that can decrease your negative symptoms and improve your life. To find out if this treatment is the solution you need for your eye struggles, get in touch with one of our offices in San Antonio, TX.
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