PRK: A LASIK Alternative
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) was actually the first type of vision correction procedure approved by the FDA in 1995 to reshape the cornea (even before LASIK). Since then millions of PRK procedures have been performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, helping most patients see more clearly without glasses or contacts.
Patients who are not good candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas or other conditions may be good candidates for PRK and end up with clear vision like most LASIK patients.
At Tidewater Eye Centers we have performed thousands of PRK procedures. We take many conditions into consideration to ensure that your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure: simply needing glasses to see is not the only requirement.
General PRK Requirements
- 18 years or older
- Stable vision prescription for at least one year
- Free of eye disease or other interfering vision conditions
- Proper corneal thickness
- Good overall health
- Realistic expectations
- Full understanding of the potential risks
It is absolutely crucial that you undergo a comprehensive eye exam to determine if PRK is right for your eyes. If any doctor agrees to perform the procedure without an exam, please consult our PRK doctors in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, or Chesapeake, VA to arrange for a free, no-obligation PRK Consultation. We will be up-front and honest about your eye health, what to expect from PRK and the potential risks. Most importantly, we will let you know if PRK is a safe vision correction option for you.
Contact us today to schedule a free PRK Consultation so you can learn more about your PRK candidacy. You can ask questions and learn more about our PRK technology, experience and results.