PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) laser eye surgery is similar to LASIK and is often used for patients who have somewhat thick, thin, or irregular corneas.

Often used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, PRK vision correction surgery is a ‘flap free’ procedure that has comparable results to LASIK. Because of the similar outcomes, PRK is a common LASIK alternative.

PRK Eye Surgery: How it Works

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  • How is PRK different than LASIK?

    PRK is a laser eye surgery that pre-dates LASIK. In both cases, a laser is used to correct any refractive issues on the cornea’s surface. The difference between PRK and LASIK is in how the cornea is accessed. LASIK creates a thin flap on the surface of the cornea while with PRK the outer layer of the cornea or epithelium is removed, making it a ‘flap free’ procedure and allowing doctors access to a larger treatment area.

    The results of PRK and LASIK treatment are virtually the same. However, it should be noted that PRK procedures are more painful than LASIK and recovery time is often slower.

  • Is PRK vision correction surgery right for you?

    PRK is a popular option when a patient’s cornea is especially thick or thin, and for patients who have previously undergone LASIK surgery.

    Your ICON Eyecare doctor will work with you, and your eyes, to determine the best treatment option.

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