What is “PRK”?
LASIK vision correction remains the most well-known procedure for reshaping the cornea to correct vision, but it may not be the ideal procedure for some––especially for those whose corneas are too thin or those with larger pupils. Fortunately, Drs. Del Negro & Senft can offer many of these patients an option: PRK. Similar to Bladeless LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) offers a precision laser procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
How PRK Differs from Bladeless LASIK
As with Bladeless LASIK, Drs. Del Negro & Senft use a state-of-the-art excimer laser to perform the procedure. The fundamental difference between the two is that Bladeless LASIK requires the creation of a flap, and PRK treats the surface of the cornea, requiring no flap.
The procedure itself is comfortable, as drops are used to numb the eye, but the recovery requires a bit more time than Bladeless LASIK. Following the procedure, PRK patients often experience mild-to-moderate discomfort that can be relieved with medication. At the conclusion of the procedure, a temporary contact lens will be placed on the treated eye to act as a bandage during the first few days of the recovery period. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops are also prescribed to apply to the treated area as the surface of the cornea continues to heal.