Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK)

Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK) is a procedure performed by Dr. Cutarelli to treat corneal scars, corneal dystrophies, band-shaped keratopathy, and other corneal issues. In the past, corneal disorders often required corneal transplants, but now Dr. Cutarelli can use the ultra-precise excimer laser to treat corneal tissue, which can microscopically remove thin layers or diseased tissue.

PTK is offered at both our Denver and Fort Collins, CO laser centers.  Patients that undergo the procedure are first given eye-numbing drops. Next, a device called a speculum is inserted into the eye to hold the eye open. During the procedure, Dr. Cutarelli uses the precision of the excimer laser to remove diseased tissue or remove corneal surface irregularities. The entire procedure typically takes less than one minute and recovery time is extremely minimal. After the procedure, Dr. Cutarelli places a contact lens bandage (a contact lens with no prescription) on the treated eye to allow for a faster and more comfortable healing process. Most patients can see well one to three days after undergoing the procedure.

To see if you’re a candidate for PTK, contact us to schedule an appointment.