Photo-Refractive Keratectomy, or PRK, is an eye surgery that corrects your vision by reshaping the cornea. Your eye surgeon will remove the surface cells of your cornea with an alcohol solution and reshape your cornea with a highly accurate laser. After the cornea is properly shaped, your doctor will put a soft contact in your eye to act as a bandage so the top layer of your cornea can grow back. After about a week your doctor will remove the contact and you can go back to your daily life.
Lasik and PRK are both laser surgeries that correct vision by reshaping the cornea, but they are performed in different ways. During Lasik surgery, the doctor cuts a flap to access the inside layers of the cornea. In PRK the doctor uses an alcohol solution to dissolve that flap.
PRK has a longer recovery time than Lasik. It can take about 2–3 weeks for your vision to clear up again, where with Lasik the improvement is immediate.
While Lasik and PRK are both excellent surgeries with great outcomes, PRK is generally a safer surgery than Lasik. We find our patients have better results as well.
PRK corrects myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopia (or farsightedness), and astigmatism. It clears up your vision and can correct abnormal eye shapes.
PRK is an excellent option for those with thin corneas or dry eyes. Your doctor will help you decide which surgery is best for you, your eyes, and your lifestyle.
Deciding between treatment options is hard. It's really hard. That's why we have a team of counselors to help you weigh your options and choose which surgery or treatment is best for you. After you meet with one of our eye doctors, you'll sit down with one of our counselors, Andrew, Andrea, or Isabella, and they will walk you through your doctor's recommendations. Sometimes there are several options to choose between, and your counselor will show you what to expect from each and help you make a decision. Schedule a consultation with our counselors today!