What is PRK eye surgery?

PRK eye surgery, or photorefractive keratectomy, is a procedure that helps correct the way that the eye reflects light onto the retina. Before surgery begins, the PRK specialist will numb the eyes and use a speculum under the eyelid to help hold the eye open. During this procedure, the surgeon will remove the top layer of the cornea with an excimer laser and re-shape the underlying tissue to form a better shaped cornea. The process takes about 15 minutes, then the patient will need to wear a bandage contact lens over the eye until they return for their post-operative appointment.

Types of eye problems that PRK surgery corrects:

• Hyperopia, or farsightedness

Myopia, or nearsightedness

Astigmatism

Lasik vs. PRK: Is there a difference?

Yes. PRK surgery requires the removal of the outer layer of the cornea, where LASIK can be performed by creating a flap in the side of the cornea. Both procedures reshape the curvature of the cornea to give the patient better vision with similar results. The hope is that the patient can eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses, allowing them a better quality of life. PRK discomfort lasts a few days, where LASIK discomfort may only last a few hours or a day.

Benefits of PRK eye surgery

• Comparable results to LASIK eye surgery

• Possible 20/20 vision

• No worry of flap complications

• Safer for people with thin or irregularly shaped corneas

• Better procedure for active athletes

Disadvantages of PRK surgery

• Longer recovery time

• Increased driving restrictions compared to LASIK

• Longer initial discomfort

• Increased likelihood of infection and swelling

• Increased risk of haziness that could be permanent

How do you know if PRK is right for you?

PRK surgery is a better option for people that play contact sports on a regular basis, especially if you are on a professional sports team. People who have thin corneas or asymmetrical cornea tissue get better results from PRK eye surgery. However, the best way to decide which procedure is best for you is to visit a reputable local provider like the trusted LASIK surgeons at Manhattan Lasik Center for a free consultation.