Photorefractive keratectomy, more commonly abbreviated as PRK, is a type of surgery used to correct refractive errors. Similar to LASIK in results, PRK actually predates the former by a number of years and is often a good solution for men and women who are not ideal LASIK candidates. However, PRK isn’t just an alternative to LASIK, it is a time-tested and proven effective way to help achieve lasting freedom from prescription eyewear.
If you live in or around New York City and are considering surgery to permanently correct your vision, please contact Manhattan Surgical Care online or by calling (212) 308-1566 to schedule your initial consultation with board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Basil Pakeman.
The PRK Procedure
As with LASIK, PRK uses an eximer laser to reshape the cornea, allowing light to better refract on the retina and resolving refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. However, whereas LASIK accesses the stromal layer of the cornea through an incision in the epithelial layer, this outer corneal layer is completely removed during PRK. While this may initially sound more jarring, it actually eliminates LASIK complications related to corneal flap creation, which makes PRK a better option for men and women with thinner corneal tissue. During your initial consultation, Dr. Pakeman can discuss this in detail to help you determine if you are a good candidate for PRK.
Once the epithelium is removed, board-certified NYC ophthalmologist Dr. Basil Pakeman uses advanced laser technology to sculpt the stroma for optimal light refraction. This process takes very little time, but results are often permanent, making the small investment in both surgical and recovery time well worth it for patients who desire a life free of glasses and contact lenses.
Recovery from PRK is slightly longer than recovery from LASIK due to the need for the epithelium to completely regenerate. However, because the outer layer of the cornea is removed as opposed to being cut, risks such as flap complications and compromising of corneal thickness are eliminated, making PRK a good option even for people who may be candidates for LASIK. This is something best determined during your eye surgery consultation at our Manhattan office.
There is no single refractive error surgery that is ideal for the needs of every man and woman in New York City. The best way to learn which one is right for you is by calling (212) 308-1566 and scheduling a one-on-one consultation with experienced and board-certified NYC ophthalmologist Dr. Basil Pakeman.