PRK: an Effective Alternative to LASIK

If you have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK, we offer PRK as an alternative solution for our patients in Monmouth County and the surrounding areas. As with LASIK, Dr. Daniel Goldberg will use an excimer laser to refine the shape of your cornea and correct the way that it refracts light. However, instead of creating a corneal flap, he will remove the outermost layer of the cornea before making the necessary changes. If you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, and you are not a candidate for LASIK, PRK may be the solution for you. Contact our office today and find out how PRK can improve your vision.

About PRK

PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, is actually the precursor to LASIK, and it still provides outstanding results for qualified patients. During this treatment, Dr. Goldberg will numb your eye with anesthetic eye drops. Next, he will gently remove the outermost layer of your cornea, granting access to the underlying tissue. Next, he will use our advanced WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q laser to refine the shape of your cornea. The Wavelight laser is precisely calibrated to the dimensions of your eye based on a three-dimensional map.

PRK Surgery Procedure Diagram

PRK Recovery and Results

The outer layer of your cornea will naturally regenerate within a few weeks. Usually, Dr. Goldberg will provide a soft contact lens to protect your eye during healing. He also offers special eye drops that will reduce discomfort and sensitivity following treatment. This medication is so effective that many of our patients refer to them as “magic drops.”

PRK has a high success rate, and it can effectively treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Most patients rely far less on glasses or contacts after their surgery, and many are able to enjoy 20/20 vision or better.

How is PRK Different from LASIK?

PRK is quite similar to LASIK, and it can achieve comparable results. However, during LASIK surgery, Dr. Goldberg will use a femtosecond laser to create a flap in the surface of your cornea, granting access to the stroma, or innermost layer. Following LASIK surgery, the flap acts as a natural bandage. Both procedures are very low-risk, although PRK does involve a longer recovery time than LASIK.

Candidates for PRK

You may be a PRK candidate if:

  • You have unusually thin corneas
  • You have irregularly shaped corneas
  • You have had previous LASIK surgery
  • You play contact sports that could cause problems with the corneal flap
  • You have a very physical job, which could cause the corneal flap to become disrupted

At your initial consultation, Dr. Goldberg will conduct a complete examination to determine which laser vision correction procedure is right for you.

Contact Atlantic Laser Vision Center

Don’t wait any longer to learn how PRK surgery using today’s latest technology can enhance your vision. To learn more about PRK and to find out which laser vision correction procedure best suits your needs, request an appointment with Dr. Goldberg today.