What is PRK?
PRK was the very first laser refractive surgery and has granted 20/20 eyesight or better to millions of patients all over the world. It was conducted safely and reliably for about a decade before the emergence of the LASIK and LASEK techniques. Fortunately, eye surgeons still perform PRK procedures often, especially for patients without ample corneal tissue for LASIK. PRK and other laser vision correction techniques are all performed to fix or improve vision impairments, like myopia and hyperopia, but PRK is performed slightly differently and necessitates a longer healing period. Call our team at Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX for a PRK consultation.
How is PRK Done?
Typically, PRK is offered to people who want to have laser vision surgery but don’t have sufficient corneal tissue for LASIK or LASEK, and it could also be a better solution for individuals with particular ocular diseases. PRK procedures are often completed in approximately 20 minutes. Before getting started, we will numb the eye with special eye drops to provide a comfortable experience. A PRK procedure is just like LASIK except that a corneal flap isn’t necessary. Instead, the thinnest, outermost layer (the epithelium) of the eye is completely taken off and discarded so we can reshape the cornea beneath.
What are the Benefits of PRK?
Blurry vision can make it difficult to complete everyday tasks like driving or reading. Focal Point Vision is proud to offer a solid treatment option for individuals who do not qualify for other procedures. Patients often work with our team for the following reasons:
- Safe procedure: PRK has been around for years and is a tried-and-true option for improving vision.
- Advanced tools and technologies: We use the most innovative lasers available to provide patients with the best possible results.
- No corneal flap needed: PRK does not require the creation of a corneal flap, making it ideal for patients with thin corneas or other conditions that may preclude them from LASIK surgery.
Does PRK cause any pain?
Our PRK procedure is not painful because your eyes will be numbed prior to treatment. Many patients will feel some slight pressure, but this shouldn’t cause distress. If you are concerned about pain, the staff at Focal Point Vision can talk you through the procedure. We also provide post-procedure instructions — so PRK doesn’t cause discomfort after treatment.
How does PRK healing work?
After surgery, PRK patients can expect their eyes to become irritated and sensitive. These sensations should dissipate after the following days or weeks. The best way to get through the recovery stage is to follow our instructions and attend any follow-up appointments at Focal Point Vision. Take your medications as prescribed and use lubricating drops as well.
Is PRK permanent?
PRK eye surgery is considered permanent — so you can enjoy clear vision for years. However, the effects of this procedure cannot prevent the problems that come with aging eyes. If you experience poor or blurry vision after surgery, call Focal Point Vision to learn about your options. Our team will continue to take good care of you to ensure you get your best possible eyesight.
Am I a Candidate for PRK?
Since it was the original technique for laser vision correction, PRK has been allowing men and women to achieve their sharpest vision for nearly 25 years. For those who were previously told they weren’t eligible for LASIK, PRK may be the best answer. At Focal Point Vision, our board-certified ophthalmologists have proudly provided clear eyesight to many San Antonio, TX patients. Reach out to our team to schedule an appointment so we can tell you whether PRK is the most effective solution for your vision concerns.