Tired of forgetting your glasses/contacts when rushing out of your home? Are you finally over having to keep up with prescriptions or being reliant on them for clear vision? Then you’re in the right place. PRK surgery may be the solution to your vision problems. It can also help you live burden-free from glasses and contacts. Here’s what you need to know about PRK eye surgery, its benefits, and where you can find a nearby specialist.
What Is PRK Eye Surgery?
PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy and it’s a type of eye surgery used to correct refractive errors in your vision. Before performing PRK surgery, your eyes will be thoroughly evaluated and tested to ensure the best results.
During PRK surgery, the excimer laser will reshape your cornea without creating a flap on your cornea (which LASIK surgery does). The treatment takes about 5 minutes to complete per eye and most patients report a comfortable experience.
What Are Benefits of PRK Eye Surgery?
Suitable LASIK Alternative
Are you not a candidate for LASIK? No problem. PRK surgery is a great alternative that provides similar results. As long as you have no eye conditions or vision problems that would complicate surgery, PRK may be your solution.
Say Good-Bye To Glasses and Contacts
With the clear vision results from PRK surgery, your eyes will be less reliant on contacts/glasses. Imagine waking up each morning not needing to find your glasses. Think about not having to remove (or forgetting to remove) contact lenses before going to bed.
Reduced Risk of Developing or Worsening Dry Eye
Unfortunately, surgeries like LASIK and PRK cannot correct dry eye symptoms. However, PRK has less of a chance of inducing or worsening your dry eye symptoms. Book a free consultation to discuss your risk and all the benefits of PRK surgery.
PRK Surgery Recovery Time
You may experience some slight discomfort as you recover from PRK eye surgery. Patients have reported stinging and burning sensations, but these are completely normal occurrences. Your eyes may also be sensitive to light for some time following surgery. Be sure to arrange for transportation home before your surgery. Once you get home, take a nap to give your eyes a chance to rest and heal up.
PRK vs LASIK
While LASIK and PRK surgery both correct refractive errors through the use of laser technology, there are slight differences that make one more suitable for patients than the others.
LASIK surgery involves creating a flap on your cornea, the clear outermost part of your eye. Then the laser reshapes the cornea. Once finished, the flap is put back in place so it may heal. In contrast, PRK surgery involves no flap creation and instead removes the top layer of the cornea.
Despite these differences, there is no true better option. Instead, our specialists use a series of tests and evaluations to help determine which surgery is best for you.
Find a PRK Eye Specialist in Ohio
Ready to find out if you’re a candidate for PRK eye surgery? Let us help you find a PRK specialist. Contact us to discuss your options with our friendly experts.