PRKThe clear vision you deserve.
PRK is a highly-effective alternative to LASIK.

What is PRK?

PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is an extremely safe procedure that acts as an alternative to LASIK. PRK offers the same vision correction as LASIK, but differs in its approach to preparing the surface of the cornea.

What is the difference between PRK & LASIK?

While LASIK employs a laser in creating the corneal flap, PRK gently removes the epithelium (the skin covering the cornea) so that the laser can be applied to the cornea's surface.

Typically, PRK is reserved for those patients whose corneas are too thin to undergo LASIK or who possess corneal issues prior to surgery. You and your surgeon will decide whether LASIK or PRK is better suited to your needs.

Is PRK right for me?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, PRK might be right for you. Schedule a consultation
  • Are you having difficulty reading or seeing far away?
  • Do you have trouble with depth perception?
  • Are you nearsighted, farsighted, or do you have an astigmatism?
  • Are you looking for the benefits of LASIK but can’t have LASIK?

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am a candidate for PRK?
To find out if you are a candidate for PRK, you will need to come in for a consultation. This allows our doctors to provide the most accurate results in viewing the back of your eye to determine whether everything is healthy enough to move forward with the treatment. If you wear soft contact lenses, we would ask that you remove them for at least three days prior to the evaluation.
How long will my results last?
Research has shown that PRK is a permanent procedure. In some instances, however, patients will need to have an enhancement—this is where the surgeon has to repeat the procedure to obtain satisfactory results. Due to the expertise and careful planning of our surgeons and staff, we have an extremely low enhancement rate.
Is the procedure painful?
Drops are given to numb the eye, so most patients report that PRK is a painless procedure. However, some patients do experience minor discomfort from the pressure sensation felt during the creation of the flap.
How long before I can return to work/school/other activities?
PRK, usually performed when the cornea is too thin for LASIK, heals a little slower than LASIK, and may require a few days off from work following your surgery. We typically recommend refraining from strenuous exercise and outdoor sports for 7 days following your surgery. No swimming for two weeks. Specific concerns will be discussed by your doctor.
Do you offer financing options?
YES. Learn more about your options on our Is Vision Correction Affordable? page.

What's It Like To Have PRK

1

Schedule A Consultation

At a time that’s convenient for you, an Inland eye doctor will meet with you to discuss the changes in your vision and help you understand available options. The consultation and diagnostic testing do not obligate you to any future service, they simply help us determine if you are a candidate for PRK. You will have an opportunity to schedule your procedure at this appointment.

2

Arrive At The Inland Office For PRK

After being greeted by the staff, you are met by the doctor who will be performing your PRK procedure. After a final diagnostic exam, the lasers are set with your exact prescription.

3

Travel Home For Recovery

After surgery, you must have a friend or family member provide your transportation home. You will experience improved vision right away, but we recommend not reading, driving, or using a computer for the rest of the day.

4

Come Back For A Post-Op Checkup

It is important that you meet with your Inland eye doctor after your PRK procedure. We will confirm that your eyes are healthy and clear you for normal activity.