Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer is an eye physician in the area of Skokie, IL who is dedicated to helping patients achieve the best vision possible and improve their quality of life every day! When patients are struggling with conditions that impact their vision acuity, including astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness, they may be interested in speaking with a professional about the solutions available to them. For many patients in the community, our eye doctor may suggest a procedure called PRK.
What is PRK?
PRK is an acronym for “Photorefractive keratectomy.” This is an eye surgery procedure similar to LASIK that uses lasers to reshape the outer surfaces of the cornea to improve one’s vision. This refractive laser surgery was approved by the FDA in 1995 and continues to be a popular treatment for patients who want to eliminate the need for prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses.
What happens during PRK surgery?
Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer describes the procedure as a refractive surgery that uses a specialized laser that reshapes the cornea’s outer surface and correct common conditions that impact one’s vision. Microscopic amounts of tissue are removed from the cornea while addressing the shape of the cornea with the same laser. This procedure is somewhat similar to LASIK, though it does not require that a flap of tissue is used to sculpt the cornea with the laser, reducing common post-operative complications commonly seen with LASIK procedures. PRK is also recommended over LASIK for patients who have certain characteristics of the eye or specific conditions that can make flap creation a concern.
Consider solutions for your eyes with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer
There are several solutions available for correcting vision at the practice of Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer. He is committed to the very latest in surgical technology and is dedicated to helping patients in the area of Skokie, IL with their vision and eye care needs. If you are interested in learning more about vision correction with PRK surgery, you are invited to book a consultation appointment with our staff by calling (847) 677-2794. The practice is located at 9150 Crawford Ave., Suite #201 and accepts new patients.