Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a great option for those with dry eye or thin corneas or an active lifestyle.

Thinking about PRK?

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser eye surgery used to correct vision problems caused by refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. During the procedure, your eye surgeon will use a laser to change the shape of your cornea, allowing it to properly refract light, which in turn, improves the way light is focused on the retina.

Because PRK does not involve cutting a flap in the cornea as is done with LASIK and other procedures, it is a great option for individuals with dry eye or thin corneas, as well as those with an active lifestyle. PRK may also be used to fine-tune vision for some individuals who have had cataract surgery. About nine out of 10 people who have PRK will have 20/40 vision or better without glasses or contact lenses after recovery.

The procedure takes about 15 minutes and it takes about three to five days for the eyes to heal and vision to begin to improve. Patients typically experience full results within about 30 days of surgery. To find out if PRK is the right option for you, schedule an appointment with The Eye Center for an examination.

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