PRK Candidates


PRK is a type of laser vision correction that predates LASIK, but is equally effective at correcting refractive errors. If you have been told you are not a good candidate for LASIK due to corneal thickness, you may still be a candidate for PRK. However, PRK is not simply for those who cannot undergo LASIK. In fact, New York ophthalmologist Dr. Basil Pakeman often recommends this procedure over LASIK due to it reduced risks and complications.

If you are considering laser vision correction in New York or surrounding states, please contact Manhattan Surgical Care online or by calling (877) 621-1636 to schedule your consultation with board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Basil Pakeman.

Ideal Candidates for PRK

For PRK, the epithelium is removed entirely. This allows people with thinner corneas to undergo the procedure without difficulty. However, some eye conditions and diseases may reduce your candidacy for PRK. Dr. Pakeman will perform a thorough examination prior to your procedure to ensure no preexisting conditions will interfere with its success.

Women who are pregnant are not good candidates for PRK. Pregnancy can cause vision to fluctuate even in the months following childbirth. For this reason, it is best to wait for six or more months following pregnancy to undergo laser vision correction.

The best candidates for PRK are men and women who are:

  • Tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses
  • In generally good health
  • Willing to follow pre and postoperative instructions
  • Prepared for a brief recovery period

To determine if you are a good candidate, call our board-certified NYC eye surgeon at (877) 621-1636 and schedule your consultation today.

PRK Risks

PRK is an effective way to permanently achieve vision correction, but good candidates will need to know the potential risks involved in the procedure. While rare, infection and delayed healing response are possible following PRK. Dr. Pakeman will provide you detailed instructions and work with you postoperatively to help reduce these risks.

Over or under correction are also possible risks, though these are reduced when you work with an experienced and board-certified ophthalmologist for your procedure. During your initial consultation Dr. Pakeman will discuss these risks in greater detail to help you determine if PRK is the best choice for your needs.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Pakeman, please call our Manhattan office today. We welcome patients from NYC and all surrounding areas. 

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