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What if you don’t qualify for LASIK?
Are you looking for a safe alternative?


PRK is a surface treatment option that may be the preferred vision correction for patients with thin corneas or other corneal irregularities. It’s also recommended for those who live an active lifestyle or have a particularly demanding profession like a policeman or firefighter. The reason is because PRK corrects visual errors without creating a flap as seen in LASIK, lessening the risk of complications for certain individuals. The FDA has approved the procedure as safe and effective and is recommended for people suffering from near and farsightedness.


PRK is performed with an excimer laser that uses a cool, ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove tiny pieces of tissue from the surface of the cornea in order to reshape it. By reshaping the cornea, light is properly focused into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. Patients also have the option to choose Custom PRK, an advanced technology that allows the surgeon to fully customize the PRK procedure to your individual eye.


Your eyes will be anesthetized with special drops. The surgeon will use a computer-guided laser to reshape the surface of your cornea to reach your desired prescription. A target light is also used to make sure your eye remains in the correct position while the laser carefully removes tissue. The entire procedure lasts only a few minutes.


PRK is an effective procedure and studies have shown it to produce the same visual acuity outcomes as Lasik after allowing for a slightly longer healing time.  Also, some studies believe the procedure allows for increased contrast sensitivity, less dry eye, and better custom treatment results versus LASIK. PRK is considered the first “bladeless Lasik” procedure.  Some discomfort can occur during the initial healing period but eye drops and a temporary contact lens will significantly reduce this.  In fact, many patients are able to return to work and driving within 1 to 3 days of the procedure.

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