PRK Procedure

At Adelson LASIK, we understand that every pair of eyes is unique. 
That’s why we specialize in a variety of laser eye procedures designed to accommodate a variety of refractive errors and visual needs.

One of the advanced procedures we offer is Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), which can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism in patients who may not be good candidates for traditional LASIK.

While LASIK involves creating a corneal flap to reshape the surface of the eye, PRK can reshape the cornea without the need for a flap. Individuals with thinner-than-average corneas or those with soft corneas, which may not be suitable for the creation of a corneal flap, are typically better candidates for PRK instead of LASIK.

Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism could benefit from this procedure.

Who benefits most from PRK?

Often referred to as "LASIK without a flap," PRK is often recommended to patients for which creating a corneal flap during LASIK surgery could be problematic. PRK is especially beneficial for individuals with thinner-than-average corneas, as they may not have enough corneal thickness for a LASIK flap. Soft corneas are also better suited for PRK, as they have a higher risk of bending out of shape.

Drs. Todd and Howard Adelson will carefully assess your eye’s health during your pre-operative consultation to determine whether PRK or LASIK is a better option for you.

What are the results of PRK compared to LASIK?

The visual outcome is the same whether LASIK or PRK vision correction is performed. Both procedures are also equally safe—the main differences are the time it takes to heal and frequency of post-surgery visits.

What is the recovery time for PRK?

For patients undergoing PRK, it may be several days before you feel comfortable returning to work and normal activity. Pain is usually quite minimal after PRK surgery, although postoperative discomfort is a possibility.

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