Achieve the clear vision you deserve. A solution that’s as effective as LASIK, but uses a different method to access your cornea.
What Is PRK?
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is an extremely effective procedure that is an alternative to LASIK. PRK offers the same vision correction as LASIK but differs in its approach to preparing the surface of the cornea.
What Is The Difference Between PRK & LASIK?
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.
Typically, PRK is reserved for those patients whose corneas are too thin to undergo LASIK or who possess corneal irregularities prior to surgery. You and your surgeon will decide whether LASIK or PRK is better suited to your needs.
Is PRK Right For Me?
- Are you having difficulty reading or seeing far away?
- Do you have trouble with depth perception?
- Are you nearsighted, farsighted, or do you have an astigmatism?
- Are you looking for the benefits of LASIK but can’t have LASIK?
If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, PRK might be right for you. Schedule an eye appointment to discuss these symptoms HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the initial consultation take?
About 90 minutes, including the diagnostic procedures.
How do I know if I am a candidate for PRK?
To find out if you are a candidate for PRK you will need to come in for a no-charge PRK consultation. The appointment is about 90 minutes long, and you will be dilated at the exam. This is so our doctors can provide the most accurate results in viewing the back of your eye to determine everything is healthy enough to move forward with. If you wear soft contact lenses, we would ask that you remove them for at least three days before the evaluation.
Is the surgery done at all of your locations?
The surgery is only done at our Lutherville location.
How long will my results last?
Research has shown that PRK is a permanent procedure. In some instances, however, patients will need to have an enhancement—this is where the surgeon has to repeat the procedure to obtain satisfactory results. Due to the expertise and careful planning of our surgeons and staff, we have an extremely low enhancement rate at 2-3%.
Will my insurance cover PRK?
PRK is considered an elective procedure so vision or medical insurance companies will not cover PRK at all.
So you offer any type of financing?
We offer 12, 18, and 24-month financing plans with no interest through Care Credit. More information, as well as an application, can be found online at www.carecredit.com.
Is the procedure painful?
Drops are given to numb the eye, so most patients report that PRK is a painless procedure. However, some patients do experience minor discomfort from the pressure sensation felt during the creation of the flap.
How long before I can return to work/school/other activities?
PRK, usually performed when the cornea is too thin for LASIK, heals a little slower than LASIK, and may require a few days off from work following your surgery. We typically recommend refraining from strenuous exercise and outdoor sports for 7 days following your surgery. No swimming for two weeks. Specific concerns will be discussed by your doctor.
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. Not only should your surgeon be board-certified in Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, but he or she should also leave you with a feeling of comfort upon addressing all of your concerns. At Katzen Eye Group, our physicians pride themselves in providing excellent care with attention to detail all along the way. Katzen Eye Group will make sure you have all the knowledge so you can move forward with making a confident decision.