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The PRK Process

An Alternative to LASIK

Some individuals who are eager to pursue laser vision correction—and end their dependence on glasses and contacts—are not strong candidates for LASIK. However, they may be a better candidate for a popular LASIK alternative called photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK.

PRK and LASIK are different laser eye surgeries with the same end goal: the best possible vision correction results. During LASIK, a laser is used to create a thin flap on the cornea that can be pulled back. During PRK, the outer layer of the cornea is removed entirely to allow the use of lasers to reshape the tissue beneath it. Both procedures deliver highly accurate results, but PRK is an effective alternative to LASIK for the right candidate.

When Is PRK the Best Option for Laser Eye Surgery?

You may be a good candidate for PRK if you:
• Are 21 years or older
• Are in generally good health
• Are free of severe corneal abnormalities (like keratoconus)
• Have stable vision prescriptions (at least one year)
• Have thin corneas or a dry eye condition
• Participate regularly in high-contact or combat sports

If you are unsure whether you qualify for PRK or LASIK, we’ll help you determine the right surgery for you.

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