Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
New Eyes offers the FDA approved procedure Photorefractive Keratectomy, commonly known as PRK. This procedure utilizes advanced excimer laser technology to reshape the cornea and improve the way the eye focuses light onto the retina without having to create a LASIK flap.
Many people who want to get rid of their glasses and contacts and significantly improve their vision may not be candidates for LASIK. The good news is, there are alternative laser vision correction treatments that can provide excellent results. New Eyes offers the FDA approved procedure Photorefractive Keratectomy, commonly known as PRK. This procedure utilizes advanced excimer laser technology to reshape the cornea and improve the way the eye focuses light onto the retina without having to create a LASIK flap. The benefits of PRK over LASIK include the ability to treat thinner corneas, and no need for creation of a flap. The drawback is a longer recovery time.
Am I a Candidate?
Good candidates for PRK include:
- Patients who are experiencing nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism
- Patients who are 18 or over
- Patients who have no present eye disease
- Patients who wish to significantly reduce, or even eliminate reliance on glasses or contacts
Our refractive eye surgeon, Dr. Ksenia Stafeeva, will meet with you for an initial consultation and eye evaluation to determine if laser vision correction with PRK is the best option for your needs.
The PRK Procedure
The PRK procedure is completely painless. There are no needles or sharp instruments that will be used near the eyes for this procedure. Advanced technology is used to map the eyes to provide the the most precise view of the corneas. With the data provided by our sophisticated mapping technology, our doctors will use a computer-guided laser to reshape the cornea and allow for improved visual acuity. It typically takes less than a minute for the laser to reshape the cornea, and the process is completely painless.
Patients can expect some blurriness, tearing, and light sensitivity in the first several days after PRK treatment. Dr. Stafeeva will prescribe some eyedrops to help with these symptoms while you recover. Most patients experience a noticeable improvement in vision within one week, with the most optimal results becoming apparent in the ensuing weeks.
Results of PRK treatment equal those of LASIK after appropriate healing time. For many patients, it has served as an excellent alternative to LASIK.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A corneal flap is not created during PRK. How can this be beneficial?
How long does PRK take?
Does this procedure require anesthesia?
When can I resume normal activities after this procedure?
Is this procedure covered by insurance?
What else can I expect in my recovery?
If you would like more information on PRK treatment, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ksenia Stafeeva to see if this procedure is a good option for your needs, please contact New Eyes today.