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PRK Eye Surgery

Wearing glasses or contacts is a hassle, but if you have dry eyes or a thin cornea, you probably don't qualify for LASIK.

PRK eye surgery avoids many of the issues and side effects of LASIK to provide clearer vision and eliminate your need for corrective lenses.

But why should you choose PRK over LASIK?

PRK Achieves Similar Results to LASIK with a Lower Risk of Side Effects

icon of eye chart Clear Vision for a Lifetime

In less than 15 minutes, PRK, or photo refractive keratectomy, can help you achieve nearly perfect vision that lasts a lifetime.

icon of scale Low Risk of Complications

Since PRK does not create a flap in the cornea like LASIK, there is no risk of flap complications and a low risk of infection. Patients with active jobs or lifestyles also do not have to worry about the flap dislodging and causing issues.

icon of eye Good for Thin or Thick Corneas

To qualify for LASIK, your cornea must be thick enough to accommodate the flap. With PRK, the laser does not penetrate as deeply into the cornea. As a result, PRK provides those with thin corneas a safe, effective alternative.

So how does it work?

PRK Eye Surgery Can Improve Your Quality of Life

*According to a study published in Cureus

Studies also show that about 94 percent of PRK patients see improvement in their vision.

Which costs more: LASIK or PRK?

The Cost of PRK Is Comparable to That of LASIK

icon of money On average, PRK costs between $1,000 and $2,500 per eye. The price of LASIK is similar, usually averaging anywhere between $1,000 and more than $3,000. Some PRK patients require more follow-up appointments, which can raise the final cost of treatment. However, complications with your corneal flap after LASIK can result in significant long-term costs.

Let's break down the PRK treatment process...

Fifteen Minutes to Clearer Vision

On the day of your PRK procedure, eat a light meal, take all prescription medication, and remove any eye makeup. PRK eye surgery takes 15 minutes at most for both eyes.

icon of eye drops Before beginning, your doctor will numb your eye using numbing eye drops.

icon of PRK Your doctor will remove the epithelium, a layer of tissue which covers your cornea. Unlike LASIK, your doctor will completely remove the epithelium rather than create a flap.

icon of PRK laser Using a highly precise femtosecond laser, your doctor will reshape your cornea.

icon of PRK bandage Your doctor will apply a bandage contact lens to protect your eye.

icon of 24-hour follow-up You will likely attend a follow-up visit the day after your procedure.

icon of calendar Five to seven days after PRK, you will return to your doctor's office to have the contacts removed.

For a few weeks, you may need glasses to read or drive at night. Your doctor will also prescribe you eye drops to prevent infection and keep your eyes moist. Your eyes will keep improving for the next six weeks to six months.

Still have your doubts?

Find Out More about Your Options

If you are not ready to undergo surgery, you can continue to wear glasses or contacts to correct your vision. Some eye doctors now offer orthokeratology, which are contacts that can reshape your cornea overnight, for clear vision during the day. However, ortho-k is a temporary solution and only works as long as you wear the lenses. If you qualify for LASIK, the recovery time is shorter, which is why many patients choose it. However, PRK can effectively eliminate many of the potential complications and restrictions of LASIK.

With PRK eye surgery, you can see the world clearly without the daily hassles of contacts or glasses. Schedule an appointment with your eye doctor today to learn more.

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