Exploring PRK for Vision Correction
For many of us the burden of glasses or contact lenses has been one we could do without for years. But there hasn’t always been a procedure that could relieve us from the burden of wearing glasses or contact lenses. One of the first vision correction procedures developed was PRK, or Photo Refractive Keratectomy.
What is PRK?
PRK uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and provides the patient with improved vision. Those who are not good candidates for LASIK, like with thin corneas or large pupils can make good candidates for PRK.
While PRK takes a little longer for recovery it works roughly the same as LASIK. This procedure has little side effects and can show results the minute you get off the table.
What is the PRK Procedure Like?
PRK helps to treat Myopia (Nearsightedness), Hyperopia (Farsightedness), and Astigmatism. It is a vision correction treatment that uses a special laser to reshape the cornea of the eye. For patients who are not a good fit for LASIK, PRK gives them an alternative. However PRK was available before the LASIK procedure.
The procedure generally takes around 15 minutes per eye and allows the patient to see clearer almost immediately.
Jessica works for Boxer Wachler Vision Institute as the front office administrative assistant.
Jessica is a fun-loving, free spirit that got weighed down by the burden of glasses at age 10 and then with the hassles of contacts at 12.
After having to deal with imperfect vision for half her life and seeing on a daily basis how vision correction has worked for so many she decided to try it for herself.
Jessica was told that she was not a good candidate for LASIK because of her thin corneas but that PRK would still be able to help her. Jessica received her PRK at the very office she worked, at the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute. She stated “Knowing I was in really good hands was all I needed to remain calm and relaxed”.
Jessica now has 20/20 vision and wouldn’t change getting the surgery for the world. She no longer relies on glasses or contacts to experience the world around her. All she experienced during the healing process was a slight fluctuation in her sight for about three weeks and some light sensitivity.
PRK Pros & Cons:
• Good for patients with thin corneas
• Good for patients with large pupils
• Little to no pain or discomfort
• First vision correction procedure with lasers
• Procedure takes only about 15 minutes per eye
• A little longer recovery time (2 days to 2 weeks)
• Risks of Infection or haziness over the eyes
You can watch Jessica’s journey here: