PRK stands for photorefractive keratectomy and is grouped together with LASIK in the category of corrective laser eye surgery. Since the FDA approved PRK in 1995, PRK has been used with high success rates on patients seeking improved vision.
Our skilled doctors and ophthalmologists at Susskind and Almallah Eye Associates have performed thousands of successful eye surgeries, including PRK and other corrective surgeries, on our patients in New Jersey. PRK and LASIK, while both in the same category of surgery, differ slightly in their advantages and disadvantages. Our doctors can recommend which surgery might work best for you.
What is PRK?
PRK is performed with an instrument called an excimer laser that sculpts the cornea for those with mild myopia, or nearsightedness and hyperopia, or farsightedness. The excimer laser is able to remove small cell layers without damaging surrounding cells, which in turn allows for a high level of precision.
Because of the technique involved, PRK does not necessitate any cutting of the cornea or the creation of a corneal flap, such as in the LASIK procedure. The sculpting of the cornea with the excimer laser helps to reshape it in such a way that it works better to focus light into your eye, improving your vision.
Who is a good candidate for PRK?
While many people with myopia, or nearsightedness, can benefit from PRK, it has also been shown to help those with hyperopia, or farsightedness. We screen our patients diligently to determine if PRK would be an effective procedure for them if LASIK is not a viable option.
To qualify you will need to:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be in good ocular health
- Have a stable prescription with no noticeable changes in the last two years
- Have no health condition that could complicate the procedure such as corneal ulcerations, ocular diseases, or systematic disorders
- Have reasonable and realistic expectations about results and possible risks of the procedure
The actual PRK procedure itself is relatively quick; in fact, most patients are surprised at how fast they are finished. PRK is an outpatient procedure with no pain due to anesthetic drops being placed in the eyes. The actual procedure takes approximately one minute (per eye) of treatment on average, but can be longer or shorter depending on your prescription. When the surgery is complete you will be allowed to have someone drive you home. PRK improvement is more gradual than LASIK, with full results taking a few days or weeks to be seen. Potential side effects should be discussed with Dr. Almallah, however the most common side effect is dry eyes.
If you are interested in learning more about PRK and you live in Monmouth or Ocean Counties, New Jersey please contact Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates for a consultation.
Contact us: (732) 349-5622