Learn about PRK the LASIK alternative.

What is PRK?

PRK (sometimes called LASEK) is similar to LASIK, it differs only in the method to prepare the eye before laser correction. With PRK, rather than creating a microscopic flap, the surface of the eye is prepared with an alcohol-based fluid and then the laser treatment is applied. Laser treatment with PRK is exactly the same as LASIK giving you great vision with Wavefront Guided CustomVue technology. A bandage contact lens is placed over the eye after the procedure to promote healing and provide protection. This contact lens is removed around a week after the procedure after the eye has healed.

Understanding how the eye sees images

How the eye sees images

How we see is important to understanding how vision correction works. When we look at an image, light passes through the outer most part of the eye called the cornea. From there, the light passes through our lens. The lens is responsible for focusing on objects, either in the distance or up close. Finally, this image is projected onto the retina, which transmits the image to the brain via the optic nerve. Imperfections in vision can be caused by any three of these areas (cornea, lens, or retina).

Most laser vision correction aims to perfect the image entering the eye by gently reshaping the surface of the cornea. These types of imperfections in our vision are known as refractive errors categorized into three types: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Laser vision correction is an effective treatment for all of these types of refractive errors.

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How PRK works.

Check out our short animated video of a PRK treatment. In the time it takes to watch the video, your vision could be corrected with PRK.

Why Chose PRK?

No-Flap Procedure

Quick and Proven


Freedom From Lenses

People who may benefit from PRK

What makes PRK different from LASIK?

Generally speaking, PRK is a recommended procedure for patients with thinner corneas or overly dry eyes, and for those who have had previous refractive vision correction, such as RK. And, because no flap is created, it's also a safer procedure for those patients at higher risk for eye trauma, such as athletes, police, firefighters, military, and those who work outdoors.

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What to expect during PRK treatment?

PRK is a flap-less alternative to LASIK. Treatment is completed in 3 short steps.

PRK treatment surface preperation

Layer Preparation

A diluted alcohol solution is applied to the cornea to prepare the surface for treatment.

PRK treatment with excimer laser

Corneal sculpting

The excimer laser gently reshapes the corneal tissue within a few seconds correcting the visual defects.

PRK treatment completed, correcting vision

Vision Corrected

Last, a protective bandage contact lens is placed over the eye until the cornea fully heals within a few days.

How do i know if i'm a good candidate for PRK?

You’ve already taken the first, most important step by educating yourself about PRK and laser vision correction. Now, take our online self-candidacy test to see if you meet some of the basic requirements for treatment. It just takes a few seconds. Then, when you’re ready, schedule your complimentary consultation to find out if you are a great LASIK candidate.

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