PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)


What is PRK?

If you are seeking laser vision correction, you very likely have heard of the LASIK procedure (it is a highly effective, and popular procedure). However, it is not the only option for laser vision correction. For some people, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a better option.

How Does PRK Differ From LASIK? Instead of creating a flap to access the cornea, PRK involves gently removing the outer epithelial layer of the cornea. When the epithelial tissue on the cornea is removed, the entire stroma of the eye can be operated on, which cannot be accomplished with LASIK. Recovery time for PRK is slightly longer than that of LASIK; however, the results of the procedure are the same.


Is PRK Best For You?

PRK is best if you are 21 or older, have mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, chronically dry eyes or thin corneas. It is also ideal if your career or hobbies present a higher risk of impact to the eyes. If you have already undergone LASIK once, or your corneas are too thin to create a flap, then you are an ideal candidate for PRK. The best way to determine if whether PRK or LASIK is right for you is to consult with one of our Nationwide Optometry laser eye procedure specialists.

The highly-trained doctors of Nationwide Optometry and staff at Nationwide Vision are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional experience and quality visual results. You can count on us to take the time to answer all your questions, address your concerns, and help you feel completely comfortable with your procedure.