At Atlanta Vision Institute, we’re proud to offer the most advanced eye surgeries to date, so that no matter your eye care needs, we can help. Our leading team of eye surgeons can help you see clearly again, and we’re prepared to answer all your questions in order to give you the best options available. Dr. Ashraf and his team have performed over 50,000 eye surgery procedures, offering extensive experience and industry-leading skills to put your mind at ease when choosing Atlanta Vision Institute.
While LASIK is the most popular type of laser eye surgery performed today, it’s not right for everyone. If you’re not a good candidate for LASIK, PRK may be an effective alternative that will help you restore clear, sharp vision.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a procedure in which laser energy is used to reshape corneal tissue, allowing light to properly focus on the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye) and thus correct vision. A cornea that is not ideally shaped will cause blurry vision at varying distances.
The difference between LASIK and PRK is that with LASIK a corneal flap is created and the laser is applied to the inner tissue of the cornea. With PRK, the epithelium (the outer layer of “skin” of the cornea) is removed and a laser is applied to the surface of the cornea. PRK can be used to correct low to high hyperopia (nearsightedness), myopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (having an irregularly- or oval-shaped cornea rather than one that is round). As is true with LASIK, the entire PRK procedure takes only a few minutes to perform.
PRK may also be the best choice for individuals who lead very active lifestyles or work in high-risk fields such as law enforcement, aviation or the military, any of which carries a greater risk of eye injury. Because a corneal flap is not made during the PRK procedure, there is less of a chance of injury after this treatment should something come into contact with the eye.
The best way to determine whether PRK is the best type of laser vision correction for you is to visit our office for a comprehensive eye evaluation with Dr. Ashraf. This will allow you the time to have your questions answered and learn more about our PRK technology, experience, and results. Please call us today at (770) 622-2488 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Vision is greatly improved but typically blurry immediately after the procedure (20/80-20/200). It generally starts to get better once the surface layer of the cornea (epithelium) has grown back, which in most cases takes 3 to 4 days (approximately 20/40). Vision typically starts to become good within 7 to 10 days (usually 75-85 percent improvement), and typically continues to improve for the next several weeks. The healing process varies for each patient, and it is difficult to precisely predict when particular people will achieve their best visual acuity. However, most patients who have both eyes treated at the same time report they are able to drive a car safely and resume their normal activities with 3 to 5 days following PRK.