PRK FAQs

How can I tell if I am a good candidate for PRK?
PRK is appropriate for people between 18 and 59 whose eyes are healthy and have stopped becoming more myopic each year. If their eyes have significant eye diseases such as cataracts, diabetic eye disease, or keratoconus., they should not have PRK. Patients should have realistic expectations about what PRK can do for them. Each of our patients have a very thorough eye evaluation to make sure that they are good candidates for refractive surgery and to determine which procedure is best for them.
What is Presbyopia and how is it treated with PRK?
At around age 45, the lens of the eye stops focusing from far to near. If someone sees well without glasses in the distance without corrective lenses naturally or after PRK, he or she will lose the ability to see to read, see a watch, or see a computer. Many patients in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s choose to have PRK for monovision, where one eye sees clearly in the distance, the other eye sees clearly at near, and the brain integrates all of the information. About 50% of people can adapt well to Monovision (one eye for near and the other for far) and about 50% of people can’t adapt to Monovision. I have never had a patient in his or her 20’s choose to have Monovision. If both eyes see well in the distance without corrective lenses, after about age 45 patients will require corrective lenses to see well at near.
How much time do my contacts have to be out my eyes to have PRK?
Generally, soft contacts need to be out of the eyes for 2 weeks and gas permeable contact lenses need to be out of the eye prior to final testing and to the surgery. In some cases, contacts need to be out of the eyes longer.
What is the recovery like after PRK?
After PRK, vision takes longer to recover than LASIK. Most patients return to work 5 days after having PRK and vision improves over a period of weeks.
What is an Enhancement after PRK?
In less than 5% of cases, a second PRK procedure is performed to further improve the vision. This usually is performed 6 months after PRK. There is no additional charge for this enhancement surgery within 2 years of the first procedure.
What is Custom or Wavefront Corrected PRK?
In Custom or Wavefront Corrected PRK, a special instrument called a Aberrometer measures how your eye uniquely sees and your PRK is customized to better improve your vision.
How many post-operative visits are necessary after PRK?
Patients are seen at least one day, one week, one month, and three months after surgery.

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