PRK FAQs Answered by Plano Texas Eye Surgeon
Despite PRK surgery marking the beginning of laser eye surgery, not everyone understands PRK and is aware of its benefits. Not to mention, at Texas Eye Surgeons, serving the Plano TX region, we pride ourselves on providing patients with an optimal optometry experience. Additionally, we desire to educate our patients, so they know what the procedure is, how it’s performed and what to expect after. We enable our patients to make informed decisions about their eye care and help them to recover in the most efficient manner possible.
What Is PRK?
PRK is an acronym for photorefractive keratotomy. This particular procedure uses a laser to correct refractive vision issues.
What Vision Problems Does PRK Benefit?
If you’ve searched “PRK Plano Texas,” you probably have a vision issue and would like to know more about laser correction. You may benefit from PRK surgery if you have astigmatism, hyperopia or myopia. The procedure doesn’t fix presbyopia though; a vision issue that arises due to age.
How’s PRK Performed?
Our eye doctor will use an excimer laser that reshapes the cornea, so light enters the eye and shines on the retina properly. Our optometrist will remove the epithelium, which is the thin outer layer of the cornea.
How Does PRK Differ From LASIK?
During a LASIK procedure, the epithelium is lifted but not removed. With PRK surgery, the optometrist will remove the flap completely, and then it’ll regenerate itself.
How Long Is the Procedure?
It takes our eye doctor about 10 minutes per eye to conduct PRK surgery.
Why Should a Patient Choose PRK?
Those who are ineligible for LASIK eye surgery may benefit from PRK. Those who have had LASIK in the past and require a second surgery may need PRK since those who’ve had LASIK have a thinner cornea. Anybody who has thin corneas or an issue that affects the cornea may benefit from PRK. You have no risk of flap complications with PRK. You’re also at a decreased risk of having too much cornea removed because the excimer laser doesn’t reach as deep. In the long run, PRK surgery will save you money due to the fact that contacts, glasses and eye exams can cost you hundreds each year for the rest of your life.
What Is the Result of PRK?
Generally, the results of PRK are comparable to LASIK. Many patients have 20/20 vision after PRK. A majority of patients have 20/40 or higher after the surgery. Although uncommon, some patients still require contacts or glasses after the surgery, but they’ll notice the strength of their prescription will decrease.
How Long Is Recovery Time?
Every patient is different when it comes to their recovery time. Some patients see the total results a few days after the surgery while others take several weeks to experience the full results. The recovery time of PRK is greater than that of LASIK since patients must wait for the epithelium to regrow.
What Are the Side Effects of LASIK?
Initially, your vision may be cloudy or hazy. Because we remove the flap during PRK, you’re at an increased risk of infection.
What’s the Cost of PRK?
This depends on your condition and if this is your first surgery or used to correct a previous surgery. At your consultation, we’ll discuss how much it’ll cost. Keep in mind, many insurance companies don’t cover any of the expenses or only a small portion because it’s not medically necessary.