Laser vision correction has allowed millions to see clearly without glasses or contacts. Not all types of laser vision correction are suitable for everyone. PRK is an excellent choice for many people, including some who cannot have LASIK. This procedure can correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.
What is PRK?
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser vision correction that reshapes the cornea. This structure at the front of the eye changes the angle of incoming light. If you have a refractive error, the light does not focus, causing blurriness. PRK uses a laser to alter the shape of the cornea, correcting the angle of light as it enters the eye. For the right candidate, PRK may be an ideal choice.
How Does PRK Work?
Numbing eye drops will prevent you from feeling any discomfort during the procedure. Your eye surgeon removes the thin outer layer of the cornea, the epithelium, then uses an excimer laser to remove microscopically thin layers of corneal tissue.
This reshaping will allow light to enter the eye and focus on the retina for improved visual clarity. The highly precise excimer laser allows for significant vision improvement. PRK takes less than half an hour. You will need someone to drive you home.
How Much Does PRK Cost?
The cost of a PRK procedure varies widely. Factors that can affect this cost include your location and your chosen provider. When considering costs, also consider the expertise and reputation of the provider you select.
On average, PRK costs range from $1800 to $6500. If you compare this to the lifetime cost of glasses or contact lenses, you may find that you will save money in the long term.
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Am I a Good Candidate for PRK?
PRK can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In some cases, it may be the best and safest choice for laser vision correction. Good candidates may include people with thin corneas not eligible for LASIK. Because LASIK creates a flap in the cornea, athletes at risk of dislodging this flap may also be good candidates for PRK. Only a consultation can determine which type of laser vision correction will work best for you.
What is Recovery Like After PRK?
After the procedure, you will have a bandage contact lens placed on your eye. You can expect this to stay in place for up to a week. During this time, the corneal epithelium heals. You may have blurry vision for the first few days, but within a week, most people can drive and return to work. Your vision may continue to improve for several months. Make sure to use the eye drops and medications as instructed to ensure the best results.
Take the Next Step
To schedule your in-person PRK consultation, call Alabata Eye Center at (850) 331-3937. A referral is not necessary. Thank you for trusting our professional services!