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PRK Surgery at Illinois Eye Center

PRK Surgery at Illinois Eye Center

Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK, has been around longer than LASIK and remains a great vision correction option. Not everyone's eyes may be structurally suited for LASIK surgery, so PRK could be an option in these cases. One such instance is if a patient has a cornea that is significantly thinner than average. We use special instruments to measure this during the pre-operative consultation and will discuss the issue if it is relevant to your case.

PRK involves shaping the actual surface of the cornea rather than creating a "flap" and reshaping the tissue below it. PRK may be slightly less comfortable than LASIK surgery — PRK can also have a longer recovery period with blurred vision for longer — but the cells heal and the eventual visual result is excellent. The lack of a remaining flap makes PRK a good treatment choice for patients who have particularly thin corneas or jobs (some branches of the military) and interests (mixed martial arts) that may cause impact to the eye itself.

PRK involves shaping the actual surface of the cornea rather than creating a "flap" and reshaping the tissue below it. PRK may be slightly less comfortable than LASIK surgery — PRK can also have a longer recovery period with blurred vision for longer — but the cells heal and the eventual visual result is excellent. The lack of a remaining flap makes PRK a good treatment choice for patients who have particularly thin corneas or jobs (some branches of the military) and interests (mixed martial arts) that may cause impact to the eye itself.

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