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PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is a procedure in which the surface of the cornea is reshaped using an Excimer laser. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can all be treated with PRK. In PRK, unlike Lasik, there is no creation of a cornel flap. The procedure consists of the eye surgeon gently removing the epithelium, which are the surface corneal cells and then using the laser to reshape the surface of the cornea in order to correct the patient’s refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism).
Patients who wear soft contact lenses should discontinue their use for one week prior to the comprehensive eye examination conducted prior to the procedure, and also one week before PRK is done. For those patients wearing rigid or gas-permeable contact lenses, they should discontinue their use three weeks prior to the examination and procedure.
The PRK procedure takes only minutes to perform. PRK is a great alternative for patients who are not good Lasik candidates due to having thin corneas. If you have been told that you are not a Lasik candidate because of thin corneas, PRK might be the perfect solution for you!
Call the Lerner Eye Center today at 888-820-9600 or email us here to make an appointment or request more information.