Improve Vision through PRK Surgery - Candidates

PRK Candidates - Hudson Valley, NY

Feb 6, 2016 @ 09:00 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Prk | Lasik | Eye Care |

The sky reflected in a person’s eyeMillions of people suffer from vision problems that make it difficult for them to focus on near or distant images. As a result, many people rely on prescriptive lenses to see clearly. While glasses and contact lenses are extremely helpful, a significant number of patients eventually become frustrated with these lenses, and begin looking for a more long-term vision solution. LASIK is typically the first option that is explored, and, while LASIK is a great option for many patients, some are not well suited to the procedure. Instead, PRK, which improves vision by addressing imperfections in the shape of the cornea, may be a better solution. PRK offers results that are similar to LASIK, but it does so during a slightly different procedure. This technique allows PRK candidates at our Hudson Valley, NY practice, Palisades Laser Eye Center, to improve their vision while eliminating or reducing their need for prescription lenses.

PRK Requirements

PRK is a laser eye surgery procedure that has a very similar goal as LASIK surgery, and one that offers comparable results. However, PRK surgery is different in that it does not involve the creation of a corneal flap. This difference is what makes PRK surgery a good treatment option for many of the patients who are considered poor candidates for LASIK surgery. Because there is no need to create a corneal flap, the thickness of the cornea is not as important. Whereas patients with thin corneas would not be considered ideal candidates for LASIK, they would most likely still qualify for PRK. There are other characteristics that must be met in order for patients to be considered PRK candidates. Below are some of the requirements for PRK surgery:

  • The patient must be at least 18 years or older
  • The patient must have a vision prescription that has remained steady for at least a year
  • The eyes must be in good health (there can be no signs of infection or other eye diseases)
  • The patient cannot be pregnant or nursing

Even if a patient has been told that LASIK treatment is not a suitable option, as long as the above conditions are met, they are likely to be considered ideal candidates for PRK surgery.

PRK Results

Because PRK is not as well known as LASIK surgery, many patients question the effectiveness of this treatment. PRK is in fact a very precise, safe, and effective treatment for vision impairment. While recovery from PRK is slightly longer than that of LASIK, the end results of treatment are similar. Most patients recover from PRK treatment with 20/20 vision or better, and no need for glasses or contact lenses.

Contact Us

If you are looking to improve your vision without the use of prescription lenses, laser eye surgery offers you that option. To find out if you may be a candidate for LASIK surgery or PRK, contact us at your earliest convenience. The experienced eye doctors at Palisades Laser Eye Center would be happy to meet with you to discuss your treatment options.