For expert eye care and surgical optical treatments in Albany, Latham, and the Clifton Park region, consider the doctors and team at Brass Eye Center for your opthamology needs. At Brass Eye Center, we are proud to offer general and medical eye treatments to our patients, but we are especially proud to provide LASIK eye surgery and PRK laser eye surgery with state-of-the-art equipment to deliver crystal-clear vision.
If you’re tired of wearing glasses or contacts and would like to permanently correct your vision issues, it might be time to learn about your laser eye surgery options. Learn more about our treatments below!
About Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Laser Eye Surgery
Similar to LASIK, PRK laser eye surgery is another laser vision correction surgery using a laser to reshape the cornea. And just like LASIK, PRK uses a laser to remove material from the cornea to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. But, unlike LASIK, PRK completely removes the outer layer of the cornea, allowing the eye to heal and rebuild the layer on its own.
Learn more about PRK eye surgery below!
PRK Eye Surgery FAQ
DO I QUALIFY FOR PRK?
The same qualifications for LASIK are applied to the PRK procedure. As always, schedule a consultation appointment with us to review your unique profile and circumstances.
WILL I HAVE 20/20 VISION AFTER MY PRK SURGERY?
Just like LASIK, the results vary from person to person, but almost all patients will enjoy some improvement in their vision if the eyes are not completely corrected to perfection! Nevertheless, as you get older than 40, reading glasses will likely become necessary.
IS PRK LASER EYE SURGERY PAINFUL?
Just like LASIK eye surgery, the procedure of PRK cannot be felt by most patients thanks to the anaesthetic eye drops placed into the eye before surgery. However, the recovery time for PRK is much longer and a bit more uncomfortable as reported by most patients. Here are some aspects of the PRK recovery not involved in the LASIK recovery:
- Contact lens bandages must be worn for five days so the new epithelials flaps can heal
- Improvements in vision could take up to a couple of weeks
- Driving must be postponed for one to two weeks after surgery
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF PRK SURGERY?
Like LASIK, it is unlikely to run into complications during or after the procedure. However, because PRK involves the complete removal of the outer cornea, there is a higher risk of scarring or infection. With proper care and protection following PRK surgery, your eye will be healed and the surgery will be fully effective in providing you improved vision!
Benefits of PRK
At Brass Eye Center, it is our goal to provide excellent vision care to all of our patients in Latham and Clifton Park. Our eye doctors and ophthalmologists offer a number of eye treatments and laser eye surgeries to allow patients to see clearly, including photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) surgery. Depending on your vision and eye care needs, you may be a good candidate for PRK surgery.
What is PRK?
PRK is a type of refractive surgery that is used by our Latham eye doctors to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. This type of surgery was developed before LASIK surgery and for some patients it is the better choice. Similar to LASIK, PRK works by reshaping the cornea with a laser in order to allow light into the eye for clearer vision.
What is the Difference Between PRK and LASIK?
The primary difference between PRK and LASIK is the first part of the procedure. During LASIK eye surgery, a thin flap is created on the cornea to expose the corneal tissue underneath. Later, this thin flap is replaced after the cornea has been reshaped with the laser. In PRK, the thin outer layer of the cornea is removed by your eye doctor and then discarded. It is not used to reshape the cornea. Instead, it will naturally grow back a few days after the surgery.
Another minor difference between the two laser surgeries is the recovery time. PRK does have a longer recovery time because the outer layer of the cornea needs to grow back and cover the eye’s surface. Conversely, LASIK eye patients typically have a quicker recovery period.
Primary Benefits of PRK
Although the recovery time is slightly longer for PRK patients, there are some significant benefits of this laser surgery.
- The entire thickness of the stroma is available for treatment because PRK surgery does not require a corneal flap to be created.
- Patients who have a thin cornea can undergo PRK surgery, but typically cannot undergo LASIK surgery.
- For patients who have previously had LASIK surgery and now have a thinner cornea, PRK surgery is still available to them if their vision is not the clearest it could be.
- There are no cornea flap complications in PRK.
- There is a lower risk of removing too much cornea with the laser compared with LASIK surgery.
Contact Brass Eye Center Today!
If you are interested in laser eye surgery, contact Brass Eye Center about PRK surgery. Our Latham and Clifton Park eye doctors will be happy to walk you through our laser surgery options and discuss which surgery will be most appropriate for your vision. Schedule your next eye appointment today! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Contact US for Your Laser Eye Surgery Needs!
If you qualify for laser eye surgery, it is a great option to consider if you want to permanently correct your vision issues and reduce your dependency on glasses and contacts. If you’d like to learn more about Laser eye surgery options and are in the Albany, Latham, and Clifton Park areas, contact Brass Eye Center at (518) 782-7827 or schedule a consultation online. We look forward to helping you achieve crystal clear vision.