PRK Eye Surgery
What Is PRK?
Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK is a form of laser vision correction where a surgeon will remove the surface layer of the cornea, also known as the epithelium. They will then reshape the corneal bed with the laser in the same way as LASIK.
This is a specialized technique that is usually reserved for those patients whose cornea may be too thin to safely allow for the creation of the corneal flap that is essential for LASIK surgery. There may be times when patients may come into UELC hoping to have LASIK surgery and are instead directed to PRK. This is an assessment that is made on a case by case basis.
PRK vs. LASIK
Key similarities between PRK and LASIK surgery include:
- Both are used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.
- Both are known to be equally safe procedures.
- The visual results with both procedures are the same.
Preparing for Your PRK Eye Surgery
- Before the Surgery
The preparation for PRK involves a similar procedure as for LASIK surgery. We recommend you stop using your contact lenses for a few days beforehand. Our eye surgeon may conduct some tests to calculate and determine the course of the treatment.
- Immediately Before the Procedure
Before the surgery, our specialists will give anesthetic eye drops to numb your eye, and help you get ready for the treatment.
- During the Eye Surgery
Our expert eye surgeon will ensure that you are comfortable and perform the procedure using the required laser and other equipment. We have state-of-the-art machines to help you get the best results.
- After the Laser Vision Correction
Post-surgery, you will be asked to rest for 2 – 3 hours. You may experience mild sensitivity to light and slight discomfort immediately after the treatment. Our surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to observe and analyze your progress.
Are You an Ideal Candidate for PRK Laser Vision Correction?
To determine whether you are an ideal candidate for PRK eye surgery, our surgeon will perform tests and a detailed eye examination. We will assess your corneal contour, measure and examine your cornea, and evaluate the overall condition of your eyes. We will also consider your medical history.
What is the Age Limit for PRK Laser Eye Surgery?
Although there is no upper limit for this vision correction treatment, it is recommended that patients be at least 21 years of age to undergo a PRK procedure. This is because this is the age at which your prescription is stable. Thus, as long as your eyes are healthy, you can have laser vision correction. You can also undergo this surgical procedure even if you have had cataract surgery.
Is the PRK Procedure Painful?
According to our experience, most patients find the procedure relatively easy and experience minimal pain if any. We have an advanced facility and use cutting-edge technologies for our surgeries that make the experience less painful. In addition to this, our specialists will answer your questions and help you feel at ease before the treatment.
Schedule a Consultation with a UELC Surgeon
The professionals at UELC will advise you on the best treatment option. We have the expertise and knowledge to understand your needs and the resources to help you achieve the desired results. We place the utmost importance on the safety of our patients, which is why we follow the best practices.
For more information about PRK surgery, please call us at 416-653-8352. You could also come in for your complimentary consultation today! We will be happy to guide you.