The earliest type of Laser Eye Surgery performed in the United States is called PRK, or Photorefractive Keratectomy. PRK has withstood the test of time because it is safe, effective, and a predictable method of Laser Eye Surgery. Even today, PRK is an excellent choice to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, as well as astigmatism.
PRK, a type of Laser Vision Correction procedure, removes the top surface of the cornea. This exposes the inner cornea. The computer assisted laser will then begin to reshape the curvature of the eye based on Dr. Miller’s calculations. While the procedure itself is painless, some patients may experience mild discomfort during the first day or so of the healing process. The laser application portion for PRK is identical to that used for LASIK and other corneal laser eye surgery procedures. PRK removes the epithelium, while LASIK creates a flap of tissue. The corneal epithelium serves many functions including providing a smooth optical surface. Removal of the corneal epithelium requires several days or more to heal.
We may recommend PRK as the Laser Vision Correction procedure of choice for certain patients such as those who have particularly thin corneas, those who actively participate in contact sports, fire fighters, police officers, emergency department personnel, as well as those in active military duty. Most patients experience a gradual improvement in vision.
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