Question: What is a PRK?
PRK is an acronym (abbreviation) for Photo-Refractive-Keratectomy and can be called PRK, PRK LASIK or no-flap LASIK. Dr. Mozayeni uses the same laser technology used for all-laser, blade-free LASIK to correct vision using this method, except that no corneal flap is created. It is considered the preferred method of vision correction for about 25% of our patients. Results are equal to LASIK for most people, even though recovery is a little slower. After your thorough evaluation we will discuss the PRK LASIK eye procedure in more detail if this is the preferred method for your situation.
The need for reading glasses is 100% dependent on your age. Only patients who have presbyopia (typically mid 40s and older) need reading glasses. However, for those patients, vision correction options (monovision) will be discussed during the complimentary consultation.
The long-term final results after PRK typically settle down in a couple of months. This recovery process does require patience from our patients. Remember, the safety of your vision and long-term (not necessarily immediate) results are our priorities. It is important to note that our patients are able to see well enough to drive and work five days after their PRK laser vision correction surgery.
The Providence Eye team will carefully go through your recovery process with you during your complimentary consultation, as well as during your post-op appointments.