PRK eye surgery is similar to LASIK eye surgery in that it is a laser vision correction procedure that uses an excimer laser to shape the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye.
During the LASIK procedure, the surgeon uses a microkeratome blade to create a corneal flap. This flap of tissue is then folded back, exposing the inner cornea where the treatment will take place. After the procedure, the flap is repositioned.
During PRK laser eye surgery, however, the surgeon accesses the cornea’s inner layers by removing the thin outer layer of the cornea completely from the eye. After the PRK procedure, bandage contact lenses are worn to promote healing of the cornea.
Both LASIK and PRK produce similar vision correction results, but it typically takes longer to fully recover from PRK. The main advantage of this procedure, however, is that patients who are not candidates for LASIK due to certain corneal conditions or corneal scars, can often be treated with PRK eye surgery.
If you are interested in laser vision correction, Crown Laser Center can answer your questions in detail and help you determine which procedure is right for you.
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