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Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

Laser Eye Surgery

Photorefractive Keratectomy, more commonly called PRK, is a laser vision correction procedure. PRK is often a good solution for people with thinner than normal corneas—but your surgeon will be able to determine which procedure is best for your individual needs.

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Condition Treated


Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common type of refractive error where close objects appear clearly, but distant objects appear blurry.


Astigmatism causes your vision to be blurred at both near and far distances. It occurs when your cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball.


Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, affects nearly one in four people. Those with hyperopia can see distant objects very well but have difficulty focusing on objects that are close.

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During the consultation, we will ask you about your eye health history and your medications, and perform some tests. During one of the tests, your eyes will be dilated. You will then be examined by the surgeon who will discuss your treatment options. We will take the time to explain cataracts, the procedures and the available lens options.

The length of this appointment is usually two hours and your personal Patient Counselor will help you throughout the process. Your Counselor can review insurance and payment options and schedule you for surgery and related appointments, such as post-operative exams.

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Laser cataract surgery is a common and relatively painless procedure. Once your surgeon removes the cataract, an artificial lens is inserted, restoring your ability to see clearly once again.

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Following cataract surgery, you will have to wear protective glasses during the day and an eye shield at night. Antibiotics and steroid drops will be necessary. Your post-operative treatment plan will be outlined so you know what to expect, including your post-operative visit and your at-home recovery.

Common Questions About Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

Is PRK right for me?

PRK is often a good solution for people with certain corneal issues, such as thin corneas, and provides visual results very similar to LASIK and SMILE. Your NVISION surgeon will determine which laser vision correction is right for your individual needs based on your eye exam and your visual goals.

What is PRK?

PRK (“photo-refractive keratectomy”) was the first vision correction procedure to use excimer lasers and specifically involves reshaping the surface cornea rather than the inner corneal tissue as with LASIK. PRK also differs from LASIK in that no corneal flap is required.

What conditions does PRK treat?

Just as with LASIK, PRK is a procedure to help people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. But every patient is different, and your NVISION surgeon will select the best procedure for your needs.

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