Achieve the clear vision you deserve. PRK is as effective as LASIK but accesses the cornea using an alternate method.
What is PRK?
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is an extremely effective alternative to LASIK. It offers the same vision correction as LASIK, while differing in its approach to how the surface of the cornea is prepared.
What is the Difference Between PRK & LASIK?
Typically, PRK is reserved for those patients whose corneas are too thin to undergo LASIK or who possess corneal irregularities prior to surgery. While LASIK employs a laser in creating the corneal flap, PRK gently removes the epithelium (the skin covering the cornea) so that the laser can be applied to the surface of the cornea. You and your surgeon will decide whether LASIK or PRK better suits your needs.
Is PRK Right for Me?
If you want the benefits of LASIK but can’t have LASIK for one reason or another, PRK might be the perfect alternative for you. Schedule an eye appointment to discuss these symptoms HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the initial consultation take?
Including the diagnostic procedures, the consultation usually takes about 90 minutes.
How do I know if I am a candidate for PRK?
Come in for a no-charge PRK consultation that includes an eye dilation. We dilate your eyes so that our doctors have the most accurate view of the back of your eye, which allows them to determine whether everything is healthy enough to proceed. If you wear soft contact lenses, please remove them for at least three days before the evaluation.
Is the surgery done at all Katzen Eye Group locations?
The surgery is only done at our Lutherville location.
How long will my results last?
PRK is a permanent procedure. In some instances, however, patients will need to have an enhancement to obtain satisfactory results. Because our surgeons and staff are so skilled at what they do, we have an extremely low enhancement rate of 2-3%.
Will my insurance cover PRK?
PRK is considered an elective procedure, so neither vision nor medical insurance companies cover it.
What financing options are available?
We offer 12-, 18-, and 24-month financing plans with no interest through Care Credit. For more information, as well as an application, visit www.carecredit.com.
Is PRK painful?
We apply drops to numb the eye, so most patients report that PRK is a painless procedure. However, some patients express minor discomfort from the pressure felt during the creation of the flap.
How long before I can return to work/school/other activities?
Recovery from PRK usually takes longer than LASIK and may require a few days off from work.
We typically recommend refraining from strenuous exercise and outdoor sports for 7 days following the procedure. PRK patients should not participate in swimming for two weeks. Your doctor will discuss specific concerns with you.
How do I know if I am choosing the right practice for my PRK?
PRK is a surgical procedure that requires a high level of skill and experience. Your surgeon should be board-certified in Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. They should also make you feel comfortable in the way they address your concerns. At Katzen Eye Group, our physicians pride themselves in providing excellent care with attention to detail all along the way. We will work to ensure you have all the information you need to make a confident decision.