Patients with poor vision and vision concerns such as cataracts and glaucoma are encouraged to work with an eye physician to discuss their treatment options. Individuals with poor vision who want to eliminate or reduce their dependence on corrective lenses such as contact lenses or eyeglasses can speak to Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL, to discuss specific treatment options. For some of our patients, comparing PRK and LASIK can be confusing. Our team can provide the answers to your frequent questions about these procedures and which is best for your unique needs.
What is PRK?
PRK, an acronym for photorefractive keratectomy, is a type of laser eye surgery used to correct vision problems. Unlike LASIK, which involves making an incision in the eye, PRK does not require any cuts. Instead, the outer layer of the eye’s cornea, known as the epithelium, is removed. Then the laser is used to reshape the underlying tissue. This means that there is no risk of infection associated with PRK.
What can PRK address?
PRK can be used to treat a number of different vision problems, including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. It also can be used to correct presbyopia, a condition that causes difficulty reading up close. Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL, can make a recommendation to patients who might be good candidates for this procedure and talk to them about the pros and cons.
Is PRK a safe procedure for improving vision?
PRK is both a safe and effective way to improve vision. The recovery process can take a few days, during which time you may experience some discomfort and blurred vision. Most patients who undergo PRK notice a significant improvement in their vision within a week or two after surgery.
Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer today!
If you are considering PRK, be sure to talk to your doctor about all of the potential risks and benefits. PRK is not suitable for everyone, but it may be the best option for you if you have particular vision problems that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Call 847-677-2794 to request an appointment in Skokie, IL.