Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a laser vision correction procedure that uses an excimer laser to remove a small amount of the cornea in order to correct vision. PRK is often used for patients whose eye structure isn’t suitable for the LASIK procedure. This includes patients with larger pupils and those with thin corneas.
The PRK Procedure
During the PRK procedure, our surgical staff will make sure you’re comfortable. Special eye drops will numb your eyes before our eye surgeon uses a laser to correct the shape of your corneas. Each PRK procedure is completely customized to your eyes to achieve your best personal vision. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes to perform.
Disadvantages of PRK compared to LASIK
Patients who have had the LASIK procedure done usually experience less discomfort than patients who have had PRK. Also, LASIK patients usually have faster results with less healing time.
The results of PRK are considered comparable to those achievable with LASIK. Neither PRK nor LASIK can correct presbyopia, a natural change in the eyes that affects everyone over the age of 40, so patients who need reading glasses will continue to need them after surgery.
Call us to schedule an appointment with one of our eye surgeons. You’ll soon be on your way to seeing without eye glasses or contacts.
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