PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

What is PRK?

Photorefractive keratectomy or PRK is a type of refractive surgery. A refractive error occurs when your eyes do not properly bend light, which can cause blurry vision. This procedure uses a laser to change the shape of the cornea, improving the way that light rays focus on the retina.

PRK can be used to treat the following issues:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism

Is PRK Right for Me?

There are certain qualifications that patients must meet in order to undergo PRK surgery. Ideal candidates will have healthy corneas, be 18 years or older, have an eye prescription that has not changed in the last year, and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of their procedure. To learn more about your candidacy, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment.

The PRK Procedure

The PRK procedure is performed at an outpatient eye surgery center. During this procedure, your surgeon will numb your eyes using eye drops, and a special holder will be placed on the eyes to prevent blinking. The outer layer of the cornea will be removed, and a laser will then be used to reshape your cornea. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory eye drops and antibiotic drops will then be given before a clear contact lens is placed at the end of surgery to reduce irritation. This entire procedure typically only takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

PRK Recovery

Following your PRK surgery, you will need a trusted family member or friend to drive you home. Over-the-counter pain medication can help with eye discomfort, which may last for 2-3 days. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outdoors and be sure to rest. During the first 3-5 days of the healing process, patients do not typically see well enough to drive. Your surgeon will provide you with specific aftercare instructions.  Your vision will improve after 3-5 days, with full improvements after one month.

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If you are interested in learning more about PRK and if it is right for you, please contact Advanced Eye Surgeons in Boca Raton and Tamarac, FL today.

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