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?

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!