Photorefractive Keratectomy – PRK
With the latest advances in LASIK technology, more than 90% of people who wear glasses or contacts can achieve excellent vision through LASIK. However, some people require a somewhat different procedure due to thin corneas or other eye conditions. We may recommend PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) for these patients instead.
The first step in LASIK is creating the corneal flap. With PRK, there is no flap created, usually because the cornea is too thin to complete this step. Instead, our surgeons will reshape the cornea by applying the laser treatment to the outer surface of the cornea.
While the visual outcomes of PRK are comparable to LASIK, the recovery times are usually longer and some patients may experience some discomfort during the healing process. Our surgeons will advise you at the time of your Free LASIK Consultation if PRK is recommended for correcting your vision.