PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a type of refractive surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Dr. Tyrie Jenkins performs PRK with the same advanced state-of-the-art technology that she uses in LASIK, utilizing the WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser.
PRK may be a better choice for patients that are not candidates for LASIK due to thin corneal measurements, irregular corneas or chronically dry eyes. Also patients that are in the military or participate in contact sports might elect to have PRK. Both LASIK and PRK procedures are safe and effective with a high rate of patient satisfaction.
LASIK vs. PRK
The main difference between PRK and LASIK is that during the first step in LASIK surgery, a corneal flap is created to access the treatment area and during the first step in PRK the cornea’s outer layer is removed with a diluted alcohol solution to access the treatment area and no flap is created. The WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser will then begin treatment re-shaping the cornea. Recovery from PRK takes longer since the outer layer of the cornea needs time to heal with gradual vision improvement.
Choosing the best procedure can be made at your initial consultation with Dr. Tyrie Jenkins. Please contact us if you have any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Click on this informative PRK video to find out more about the procedure: