PRK Surgery Provided by a Plano, TX Eye Surgeon
At Lone Star Vision, serving Plano, Celina, and the surrounding area, we provide patients with the initial consultation for PRK along with the follow-up during your PRK surgery recovery. When comparing LASIK VS PRK surgery, you must keep in mind both surgeries are relatively similar, but for some, PRK has more benefits, When you come into our office for our initial consultation, we’ll determine if you qualify and provide you with a referral if you do.
PRK stands for photorefractive keratectomy and was actually the first type of laser vision correction surgery. PRK reshapes the cornea using an excimer laser, which lets light enter the eye at the proper angle in order to focus it on the retina correctly. It’s used to correct refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
When comparing LASIK vs PRK surgery, the two treatments are similar. The only difference occurs in the first step of the surgeries. During a LASIK eye procedure, the surgeon creates a thin flap on the cornea using a femtosecond or microkeratome laser. The surgery lifts the flap to expose the corneal tissue and will replace it once the doctor reshapes the cornea with an excimer laser.
During a PRK surgery, the outer layer of the cornea, known as the epithelium, is removed and discarded. The surgeon then uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. The epithelium will grow back a few days after the surgery.
Results of PRK
The results of LASIK vs PRK surgery are similar. Generally, PRK surgery only takes about 15 minutes per eye. However, the recovery process of PRK is a bit slower because of the layer of the cornea being removed. It’ll take the epithelial cells a few days to regenerate. Because the eye doctor alters the epithelium, PRK has a greater risk of causing an eye infection. PRK causes more pain during the first few days or recovery than LASIK eye surgery. Those who benefit the most from PRK are the ones have a cornea that’s too thin got LASIK or if you’ve had a previous LASIK eye surgery and now have a thinner cornea.
You’re more at risk of hazy vision during the initial days of your PRK recovery. You might not receive full results immediately after surgery from PRK. You might not have full results until a few days, or even weeks or months, after your surgery. You won’t be able to drive the first few weeks after the surgery.