Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK, is a time-tested and proven procedure which reshapes the cornea of the eye to correct vision. With a state-of-the-art, computerized Excimer Laser, Dr. Schallhorn gently shapes the eye’s surface, providing customized correction of vision and allowing the eye to focus sharply. The PRK procedure is laser correction option for those patients that are not eligible for the LASIK procedure, but still desire excellent vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Like LASIK, the PRK procedure benefits from advanced technology and can offer patients an equally safe and effective option in the pursuit of their personal best vision.
For more information on PRK, please contact Schallhorn Vision.
There are a variety of factors that can make you a good candidate for PRK. During your free consultation at our practice we will carefully discuss your goals and expectations, and conduct a full evaluation to determine if PRK is the right option for you. Good candidates for PRK include people who:
- Are affected by nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism
- Desire to reduce or eliminate dependence on eye glasses or contact lenses
- Are in good general health
- Are at least 18 years old
- Have no active eye disease
Following the initial consultation and the decision to improve vision with the PRK technique, we will schedule your surgery appointment in preparation for the procedure.
On the day of the procedure, Dr. Schallhorn will review your consultation and medical data, discuss the procedure with you and what to expect, and answer any final questions you may have. He will place numbing drops in your eyes. Like LASIK, PRK does not require the use of needles or injections.
With the information gathered during the pre-operative consultation, Dr. Schallhorn will use a highly sophisticated, computer controlled laser to reshape the cornea. A special bandage soft contact lens will then be placed on the eye to aid in the healing process. The laser portion itself takes approximately 20-30 seconds and is painless. The entire procedure for both eyes typically takes less than 10 minutes.
Although PRK has proven its effectiveness at correcting vision, it is important to note that this is a surgical procedure and, as with any type of surgery, there is a small degree of risk involved. We will be happy to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as alternatives to PRK with you at your initial consultation, or you can contact our practice at any time with questions you may have.
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During the first 24-48 hours following PRK treatment, patients may experience tearing, light sensitivity and/or a scratchy feeling in the eyes. Most patients will experience a significant improvement in vision 3-5 days after the treatment. While PRK has a longer recovery period than LASIK, this laser procedure is a safe, proven, and effective way to achieve excellent vision without glasses or contact lenses.
Most patients who undergo PRK treatment achieve 20/20 vision or better. The procedure has been proven time and again to serve as an extraordinarily effective laser alternative to LASIK.
Contact Dr. Schallhorn at his San Diego office to schedule a consultation today.