PRK eye surgery has been one of the most commonly performed laser eye surgery procedures and a popular option for people whose job, recreational activities, or eye structure aren’t an ideal fit for LASIK. PRK and LASIK procedures rely on very similar technology, but there are some key differences between the procedures.
PRK 101: Understanding the Basics of PRK Laser Eye Surgery
PRK eye surgery is performed on an outpatient basis by a laser eye surgeon and the process begins with your free laser eye surgery consultation. Much of the work happens before the day of the procedure, thanks to the laser eye surgery technology that creates a detailed map of the eye’s surface, which is used to plan your PRK procedure before the big day.
- Preparing for PRK – Before PRK surgery, there will be a series of visits with your laser eye surgery specialist where you will learn about what to expect, discuss the procedure, and provide the data necessary to make your PRK surgery a success. If you have any questions about laser eye surgery, these visits are also a great opportunity to find answers from a trusted source.
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- PRK Surgery – Like LASIK, PRK only takes about 15 minutes for both eyes, and is performed on an outpatient basis so you get to go home the same day. The main difference with PRK is that no “flap” is created during the procedure. Discomfort during PRK eye surgery is typically minimal, and the healing process begins as soon as the procedure is complete.
- PRK Recovery – Immediately following PRK surgery, a clear, protective, temporary contact lens is placed on the eye to promote healing. A series of post-op visits begins after the procedure, at progressively longer intervals as you heal. These visits allow your laser eye surgery specialist to track your healing, answer your questions, and let you know when you will be able to resume specific activities.
- PRK Candidacy – Both eye health and overall health factor into the laser eye surgery decision. It is important that PRK candidates are at least 18 years of age to give the eyes time to fully develop and stabilize. PRK eye surgery may be an option for people whose corneal thickness is not ideal for LASIK, as well as those who work in industries, or enjoy recreational activities, that carry a high risk of eye trauma.
- PRK vs. LASIK – Questions about PRK vs. LASIK are very common, and the truth is that the right choice depends on the individual. PRK can be used to address astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness, just like LASIK. The decision ultimately comes down to the recommendation of your surgeon, but the good news is that both procedures deliver results.
PRK laser eye surgery is effective and optimized based on decades of use. Why let vision problems slow you down, when a better solution is available? Contact The LASIK Vision Institute location near you to schedule your free laser eye surgery consultation.