What is PRK?

Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, is a vision correction surgery developed in the 1980s. The FDA first approved the use of PRK lasers in the United States in 1995, but it had been proven effective as a vision correction treatment in several countries prior to that time.

Performed with an eximer laser, PRK uses cool ultraviolet light to remove tiny bits of tissue and reshape the cornea. PRK lasers have been effective at correcting a wide range of common vision disorders including astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness.

About PRK Surgery

The experienced New York City PRK surgeons at Kelly Laser Center perform PRK on an outpatient basis. PRK is performed while you are awake but requires a local anesthetic to ensure comfort. PRK is performed while you are lying down, and requires an instrument to hold your eye open during the procedure.

Using the latest in computer technology, one of our experienced Manhattan or Long Island area eye surgeons will adjust the laser to match your prescription. Then, as you look at a target light, your eye will be gently reshaped with the PRK laser. The entire procedure generally takes less than two minutes per eye.

Our eye surgeons advise you rest for a few days following your PRK surgery. This allows your eyes time to begin healing and to adjust to their new shape. You should avoid strenuous exercise for the first week, but work can be resumed after just 4-5 days. You may want to wear sunglasses to avoid any light sensitivity issues during this time.

Full vision correction with PRK can take several weeks to become apparent. Like LASIK, many people who undergo PRK achieve vision of 20/20 or better. The results you can expect will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.

If you live in New York City, Long Island, Manhattan, or surrounding areas of New York State and would like to learn more about  PRK and laser vision correction options, please contact Kelly Laser Center to schedule an initial consultation with one of our area eye surgeons today.