What is PRK?

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Posted: September 11, 2020

Woman removing glasses Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser eye surgery that predates LASIK. It’s a safe and effective way to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Here’s how it works.

During a PRK procedure, our ophthalmologists remove the top layer of the cornea called the epithelium. Don’t worry; the epithelial layer grows back within several days. Then, they use a precise laser to gently reshape the underlying tissue. Once reshaped, the cornea can bend light correctly, allowing for clear vision at virtually any distance.

PRK permanently corrects your eyesight. It can allow you to enjoy life without the inconveniences often associated with prescription eyewear.

Is PRK Right For Me?

PRK is often recommended for people who aren’t ideal LASIK candidates. For example, it can be an option for those who have very thin corneal tissue or dry eyes.

LASIK involves creating a flap in the epithelium that is put back into place after surgery. PRK doesn’t involve creating a corneal flap. That is what makes this type of laser vision surgery a more desirable option for some patients.

PRK is a good solution for those who lack the corneal tissue to accommodate the LASIK flap. It may also be better for patients with dry eyes, as the flap method can potentially worsen this condition.

Finally, PRK may be a desirable choice for people who play sports or hold jobs that put them at a higher risk of eye injury. An eye injury can disrupt the LASIK flap even after it has healed.

Of course, PRK patients still must meet certain candidacy requirements, including:

  • Being 18 or older
  • Maintaining a stable prescription for at least a year
  • Having good ocular health

Know that PRK does come with a longer recovery time than LASIK. It’s common to notice better vision within days of the procedure, but it can take up to three months for your eyesight to stabilize.

Schedule Your PRK Consultation

Our experienced eye surgeons are here to help you achieve the best vision possible. Call us today at 732-349-5622 to learn more about correcting your eyesight with PRK. Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates has four convenient locations in Manalapan Township, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat, New Jersey.

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