Not A Candidate for LASIK? Consider PRK

As the first laser refractive surgery, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) has given patients 20/20 eyesight. PRK laser eye surgery helps patients who are not candidates for LASIK eye surgery. At Focal Point Vision, our eye surgeons perform this surgery for patients who don’t have enough corneal tissue needed for LASIK surgery. This laser vision correction technique fixes or improves vision impairments. While it is an effective eye surgery, it does require more recovery than other comparable eye surgeries in San Antonio, TX.

How is PRK eye surgery done?

PRK eye surgery is usually done for patients who want to have laser vision surgery but aren’t candidates for other eye surgeries. The PRK procedure takes about 20 minutes. First, our surgeon will numb your eye. The PRK procedure is similar to LASIK, except that there is no need for a corneal flap. The thinnest outermost layer of the eye is removed so that we can effectively reshape your cornea.

Am I a candidate for PRK laser eye surgery?

PRK surgery allows both men and women in San Antonio, TX to achieve the best possible vision. For individuals who aren’t ideal candidates for LASIK, this surgery allows them the option of improving their vision with an effective laser eye surgery. At Focal Point Vision, our eye surgeons can proudly give our patients clear eyesight at our professional eye center.

PRK laser eye surgery can effectively correct:

  • Astigmatism

  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)

PRK vs. LASIK eye surgeries

Both PRK and LASIK are laser eye surgery options that improve eyesight in patients. They both modify the cornea of the eye. However, each surgery uses a different method for correcting the vision. During PRK, we remove the top layer of the cornea, while during LASIK, a flap is made that is flipped back for our eye surgeon to make corneal changes. It is then put back into place and repairs itself during LASIK recovery.

Differences between PRK and LASIK recovery

Full recovery after PRK takes about a month, while recovery from LASIK is faster. With PRK surgery, you will be prescribed medicated eye drops to keep your eye moist during the healing process. You may also be given pain medications. With LASIK, most patients don’t experience much pain after surgery and can see clearly soon after surgery. While it may require a longer recovery time, PRK laser eye surgery gives more individuals the opportunity to improve their eyesight.

Learn more about PRK laser eye surgery

When you want to improve your eyesight and aren’t a candidate for LASIK eye surgery, schedule a consultation at Focal Point Vision. We will evaluate your eye health at our San Antonio, TX eye center to determine if you’re a candidate for PRK laser eye surgery. We can answer any questions you have about the process, so you are prepared for the experience. Begin your journey to better eyesight by calling our experienced board-certified ophthalmologists today!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.