PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) uses the same excimer laser as the LASIK procedure to reshape the outer layer of the cornea. PRK is an alternative for patients whose corneas are too thin for the more common LASIK procedure.
Reasons to consider PRK:
- Nearsightedness (myopia).
- Farsightedness (hyperopia.
- Astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea).
- Cornea too thin for LASIK.
- Pupil too large for LASIK.
Are you a good candidate?
Our doctors are experienced in laser refractive surgery co-management. They will determine whether you are a good candidate, prepare you for surgery, and take care of you throughout the entire recovery period. We have a dedicated Laser Vision Coordinator who will answer questions and provide information regarding the latest laser treatments for your type of prescription.
The Surgical Procedure
In preparation for surgery, anesthetic eye drops are administered. Next, a speculum device is placed over the eye to prevent blinking. While the patient fixes his or her gaze on a target, the laser reshapes the cornea by removing tissue (a process called ablation) under the close monitoring of the surgeon. The ablation usually takes around a minute for each eye, but it can vary slightly depending on the level of the patient’s glasses prescription. Most patients feel no pain during the procedure. After the procedure is complete, a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye.
Co-Management Throughout Recovery
The patient may go home shortly after the surgery; however, someone else must drive or alternate transportation must be arranged. He/she may go home with a prescription for oral pain medication and high dose vitamin C. Our Laser Vision Coordinator will schedule several appointments with the optometrist to monitor the healing process and check for complications or infections. The optometrist will also remove the bandage contact lens at the proper time. During the recovery process, the patient should rest, and refrain from any strenuous activities.