Understanding PRK

istock 1224956842 Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer is an eye doctor in the area of Skokie, IL who is pleased to provide a wide range of services when it comes to the vision health of his patients. New and established patients who are dealing with refractive errors such as astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness who want to avoid the use of contacts and eyeglasses can undergo a surgical procedure that can help. This treatment, offered by our doctor, is known as PRK.

What is PRK?

PRK is an acronym for “photorefractive keratectomy.” This is a common refractive procedure used by Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer to help patients free themselves from eyeglasses and contact lenses. This particular procedure differs from LASIK, but mainly in the first step of the treatment. PRK is sometimes better for patients who have certain conditions and circumstances, including patients with:

  • Thin or scarred corneas
  • Large pupils
  • Increased risk of eye trauma
  • Irregularly shaped corneas

Patients who are at least 18 years of age and have had a stable prescription for their eye over the course of several years are often reliable candidates for the PRK procedure. Patients who are not ideal candidates are those who:

  • Have chronic dry eye
  • Have cataracts
  • Have degenerative or autoimmune diseases
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Under the age of 18
  • Have not had a stable eye prescription
  • Have not undergone routine eye examinations

During an initial consultation with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer, patients can have an evaluation performed to determine if they are a better candidate for PRK or Lasik. His practice allows for patients to take the time to learn about the pros and cons of each to make an educated decision regarding their upcoming procedure. We want patients to be well aware of the risks and factors that impact the results of PRK and Lasik treatments.

Are you interested in learning more about PRK?

Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL is here to help! His practice is located at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Suite #201 and accepts new patients who call for an appointment at (847) 677-2794. He is dedicated to ensuring patients have access to the vision care they need to maintain their eye health and address any concerns that may develop.

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