What is PRK?
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is an extremely effective procedure that is an alternative to LASIK. PRK offers the same vision correction as LASIK, but differs in its approach to preparing the surface of the cornea. While LASIK employs a laser in creating the corneal flap, PRK gently removes the epithelium (the skin covering the cornea) so that the laser can be applied to the surface of the cornea. Typically, PRK is reserved for those patients whose corneas are too thin to undergo LASIK or who possess corneal scars prior to surgery. You and your surgeon will decide whether LASIK or PRK is better suited to your needs.
Is PRK Right For Me?
- Are you having difficulty reading or seeing far away?
- Do you have trouble with depth perception?
- Do you have an astigmatism?
- Are you looking for the benefits of LASIK but can’t have LASIK?
What’s It Like To Have PRK?
Schedule a Consultation
At a time that’s convenient for you, a Kameen ophthalmologist will meet with you to discuss the changes in your vision and help you understand available options. The consultation and diagnostic testing are free, and certainly does not obligate you to any future service. We are able to determine if you are a candidate for PRK. You will have an opportunity to schedule your procedure at this appointment.
The doctor performing your consultation will be the same doctor performing your PRK procedure.
Arrive at the Kameen Office for PRK
After being greeted by the staff, you are met by the doctor who will be performing your PRK procedure. After a final diagnostic exam, the lasers are set with your exact prescription. You enter the laser suite for the procedure, which lasts about 15-20 min.
Travel Home for Recovery
After surgery, you must have a friend or family member provide your transportation home. You will experience improved vision right away, but we recommend not reading, driving, or using a computer for the rest of the day. After a good night’s sleep you can return to work the next day.
Come Back the Next Day for a Post-Op Checkup
It is important that you meet with your ophthalmologist the day after your PRK. We will confirm that your eyes are healthy and clear you for normal activity.
Attend your 5-Day Post-Op Checkup
During this checkup we will remove the protective lens that we placed in your eye during the procedure that guards your eye during the healing process.
In nearly all cases, yes. Read more about PRK and astigmatism.
Nothing. Your initial consultation is free. Our diagnostic examination and personal understanding of your life and goals will guide our recommendations.
Very. PRK is usually safer than wearing contact lenses. Learn more about eye surgery safety.
About 2 hours, including the diagnostic procedures.
PRK is fundamentally the same procedure as LASIK. We use the exact same laser to re-shape your cornea into a healthy form. The only difference is how we access your cornea. PRK allows access to the cornea without creating “flap” on the outer layer of the eye. PRK usually requires longer recovery times, but the results are just as good as LASIK.