Not a candidate for LASIK? The truth is that there’s no single type of vision correction that offers the best possible vision. It’s equally true, however, that there is usually a procedure that offers the best possible vision for you. With today’s laser and lens technology, you don’t have to struggle with the possibility of settling for the second-best option. It can be a wonderful revelation to those who are the best candidates for an ICL; there’s a possibility of vision for you that is even better than you could have had with LASIK. You should never have to worry whether you will get your best option because, in the right hands, that will be the only option.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
PRK is similar to LASIK but it corrects different parts of the cornea, leaves no permanent corneal flap, and may have a slightly longer recovery period. This procedure provides an alternative for patients whose corneas are too thin for LASIK and may also be an option for patients with dry eyes or diseases of the corneal surface.
What Is PRK?
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a refractive surgery that reshapes the cornea with a laser so the light entering the eye is focused on the retina to produce clear images.
How Does PRK Work?
During PRK surgery, the cornea’s outer layer (called the epithelial layer) is removed entirely to expose the area, whereas, in LASIK, a thin, hinged flap is created in the cornea. For both PRK and LASIK, the excimer laser is used to sculpt the cornea and correct the refractive error.
The PRK surgery time is usually about 10 minutes per eye and typically results in 20/20 vision. PRK recovery time can vary from several days to several weeks.
Request a Surgical Consultation
The first step in determining your candidacy for any procedure is to schedule a consultation and experience our comprehensive eye exam. This is the most complete eye exam available today and includes a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. Utilizing advanced diagnostic technology, our surgeons will not only evaluate your candidacy for a procedure but will look at the overall health of your eyes and establish a long-term plan for your best vision.
Please help us provide you with the best experience by answering a few quick questions, and one of our surgical counselors will assist you. If you are a current patient and/or have a medical concern or question, please contact us directly at 301-896-0890.