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Photo­refractive Keratectomy (PRK) at LasikPlus

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Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

While similar to LASIK, PRK at LasikPlus offers additional benefits.

PRK is a type of laser vision correction used to treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. 

Thanks to our surgeons’ technique and LasikPlus 100% bladeless technology, PRK offers distinct advantages over LASIK for some patients.

Who Is A Candidate for PRK?

•Recommended over LASIK for patients with thin corneas. Your LasikPlus O.D. will perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine corneal thickness during your free consultation.

•Recommended over LASIK for patients who suffer from chronic dry eye.

May be recommended for patients with extremely active lifestyles or professions. PRK is commonly used for members of the U.S. Special Forces and at LasikPlus we often perform PRK on firefighters.

PRK Commonly Addresses

PRK vs LASIK

Like LASIK, PRK corrects the way light hits the cornea in order to give you clear vision. LASIK  uses a laser to prepare the cornea for treatment. During the PRK process, tissue is gently wiped from the cornea. 

While PRK can involve a slightly longer recovery time, it provides the same excellent results as LASIK.*

Contact Lens Used for Recovery

Following the PRK procedure, a soft contact lens is placed on the eye to act as a bandage. This allows patients to see and function while the corneal tissue regenerates and heals beneath it during the days immediately following the PRK treatment. Vision may be blurry during this initial recovery time and you may experience brief periods of discomfort or irritation.

Prescribed anti-inflammatory and lubricating drops will minimize post-procedural discomfort and speed-up the healing process. As with LASIK, the end results are 20/20 vision.*

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PRK is an easy 4 step process

At LasikPlus, your treatment is comfortable and quick.

1 Step 1: Your Initial Eye Exam

Through a free, 90-minute consultation, we determine if you’re a candidate for laser vision correction. You will undergo many tests similar to those you’ve experienced during your annual eye exam, as well as additional scans that tell us important information about your eyes as they relate to PRK.

Free Consultation Includes:

  • Check for visual acuity and visual field (peripheral vision)
  • Measurement of Corneal thickness and topography (shape)
  • Reading your previous eye prescription using your glasses lenses
  • Examination of your pupils for reactivity
  • Evaluation of the muscle function and dominance of your eyes
  • Assessment of your eye health with pupil dilation and slit-lamp test
  • Reading your eye’s pressure to check for glaucoma
  • Inspection of the peripheral retina for health
  • Assessment of your overall medical health
  • Discussion about your hobbies and occupation

 

All of these factors help your surgeon determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction, and if so, which procedure is best for your eyes. Once complete, this exam aids your surgeon in developing your unique LasikPlus Customized Treatment Plan.

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PRK is an easy 4 step process

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2 Step 2: Are You a PRK Candidate?

Using the results of your comprehensive eye examination, your doctor will create a customized treatment plan tailored to your prescription, eye anatomy and personal needs. A patient’s corneal thickness plays a role in determining if PRK is a better option than LASIK.

PRK is a common procedure among U.S. Special Forces and is typically recommended for:

  • Persons with thin or abnormal corneas
  • Persons suffering from chronic dry eyes
  • Persons who have hazardous occupations or hobbies, including karate and boxing

At LasikPlus, we take all of these elements into account to provide a vision solution customized to your prescription and unique eye shape.

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PRK is an easy 4 step process

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3 Step 3: The LasikPlus PRK Procedure

At LasikPlus, the PRK procedure takes less than 15 minutes per eye.

On your procedure day, you should expect to be with us between 90 minutes and 2 hours. This allows adequate time for your registration, preparation, and final eye testing, and gives you an opportunity to relax and enjoy this life-changing experience.

At the conclusion of the PRK treatment, a special contact lens will be placed on the surface of the eye to assist in speeding up the healing process and minimize discomfort. During your 5-day post-operative appointment, your LasikPlus O.D. will carefully remove the contact lens for you and release you to resume full activities.

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PRK is an easy 4 step process

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4 Step 4: Post-operative Care

After PRK, the surface of your cornea needs some time to heal. Vision is back immediately but will take around 5 days to stabilize and full realization of results will typically occur in 1-2 weeks. 

At LasikPlus, we schedule regular post-operative visits to closely monitor your healing, recovery and vision stabilization. Your treatment day isn’t the end of your PRK journey; it’s a beginning of a new life with sharper images and brighter colors.

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Life after PRK

At LasikPlus, you're family. That’s why we schedule post-operative visits periodically after your treatment.

Your First 24 Hours

Immediately Following Your PRK Procedure

After your surgeon completes a post-PRK check, you will be given protective glasses to wear and can be driven home. We recommend that you relax and take a nap for several hours while wearing your protective glasses. Be sure not to rub, poke or touch your eyes.

If you experience irritation, use the artificial tears provided by your doctor. You will be given steroid and antibiotic eye drops to assist in the healing process. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding drop schedule!

For the first 24 hours, it is best to avoid straining your eyes through reading, computer work or watching TV. Use this time to rest and relax.

5 Days After Treatment

Contact Removed, Healing Continues

Once the protective contact lens is removed by your LasikPlus O.D., you are free to pursue any hobbies or activities that were part of your normal routine before the PRK procedure.

Continue following your doctor’s recommendations regarding eye drops, and be sure to keep water, soap and shampoo out of your eyes when showering. Most patients see well enough to drive to their follow-up appointment, but if you feel uncomfortable, please ask someone to drive for you.

You may read, use the computer and watch TV, but keep your eyes well lubricated and rest them if they feel strained. Be sure to keep sweat out of your eyes and avoid all lotions, creams and eye makeup for 7 days.

2 Weeks After Treatment

Healing Completes

As your cornea heals (typically a 14 day process) you will begin to notice additional clarity in your vision. You’ll have a two week checkup with LasikPlus and we will continue to closely monitor your recovery.

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Final Check-up at LasikPlus

Typically, the doctor will request that you attend a post-operative appointment between one and three months after your PRK treatment takes place. With a clean bill of health, you will be released from care.

Please be sure to attend your annual eye exams and enjoy your improved vision from LasikPlus!

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  • Neil Wills, M.D.

    • Over 75,000 procedures performed

    • American Board of Ophthalmology, Diplomat and Board Certified 

    Neil Wills, M.D. is a diplomat of and board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Wills joined LasikPlus in 2000 and in total,...

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