PRK (or Photorefractive Keratectomy )

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), also known as Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), is often the preferred method of vision correction for patients with thin corneas. PRK was first performed in 1987 and was the standard for laser eye surgery and vision correction before LASIK was developed. It is primarily used to correct high degress of nearsightedness.

The PRK procedure itself is quick and painless. Your EYE-Q surgical team will place topical anesthetic drops onto the surface of the eye. Once the anesthetic begins working, Dr. Walker will use the Allegretto Wave Laser to reshape your cornea. Before you know it, the surgery will be complete and you will be on your way to years of clearer vision.

Advantages of PRK

Clinically Proven – Since PRK procedures have been performed for over 25 years, there are several long-term studies proving its effectiveness.

Highly Accurate — It is highly accurate in correcting most cases of nearsightedness, with 80 percent of PRK patients experiencing 20/20 vision one year after surgery, without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Quick and Relatively Painless — A procedure that will almost certainly enhance your vision well beyond expectations, in around 20 minutes.

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) was first performed in 1987 and was the standard for laser eye surgery and vision correction before LASIK was developed. Though LASIK is more commonly used for laser eye procedures today, PRK is often the preferred method of vision correction treatment for patients with thin corneas.

After PRK Surgery

Once your PRK procedure is complete, Dr. Walker will examine your eyes through a microscope. In the days following your surgery, you may experience mild discomfort as your eyes heal. Over-the-counter pain medication will usually alleviate any minor pain you may have. We will also prescribe special eye drops and protective contact lenses to minimize discomfort and speed the healing process. Remember, you’ll need to have someone drive you home from our offices after your surgery. Most patients resume normal activities in one week.

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