WHAT IS PRK?
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), is an alternative to LASIK (laser assisted intrastromal keratomileusis).
Like LASIK, PRK vision correction is performed to reduce or completely eliminate myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism; however, this particular procedure is performed somewhat differently and requires a slightly longer healing process. Schedule a free consultation with one of our board certified surgeons, to find out if PRK could be the ideal solution for you.
WHO CAN GET PRK?
For the most part, PRK is an option for people who want to take advantage of laser vision correction but aren't ideal candidates for LASIK. PRK might also be a good option for patients who are more vulnerable to trauma to the eye as a result of physical job environments or participating in contact sports. Candidates for Laser Vision Correction should be at least 18 years old and had a stable glasses prescription for one year.
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HOW IS PRK DONE?
Most PRK treatments are performed in fewer than ten minutes. At The Eye Center of Central PA, PRK procedures are performed at our Muncy location. Before getting started, a member of our team will completely numb the eye with special eye drops to ensure a more comfortable treatment. Once the eye is numb, the surgeon will place a lid speculum on one eye, while the other is covered with a plastic shield. A lid speculum us a small, comfortable device used to keep the eye open and prevent blinking. The primary difference between PRK and LASIK is that no corneal flap is created. Rather, the epithelial tissue of the eye is gently removed, allowing the surgeon to use the excimer laser to reshape the cornea. Afterward, a bandage contact lens is placed over the treated area to promote healing. This bandage contact lens will be removed at your follow-up visit. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few days; however, it may take a several weeks to achieve optimal visual results.
Following PRK vision correction, patients are given discharge instructions, as well as instructions for using prescription eye drops, used to promote healing, after surgery. Patients are then sent home to rest. Because of there is usually some discomfort following the PRK procedure, patients may also be given medications for pain control.
Many patients notice sharper vision within the first 4 to 5 days following their procedure; however, it may take several weeks to achieve optimal visual results. During this time, patients may notice fluctuations in vision, as well.
It is extremely important for PRK patients to attend follow-up appointments after their procedure. At The Eye Center, patients are typically seen within 4 days of their procedure, then again at two weeks and one month following surgery. Follow-ups also occur at three months, six months and one year.
Dependable Vision Correction
PRK has been helping men and women to receive sharper vision for decades. For those who have been informed they weren't ideal candidates for LASIK, PRK might be the perfect solution. Call today to schedule a consultation to find out if PRK is the ideal solution for you.