What is PRK?

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a type of laser vision correction surgery that can help some patients with thin corneas achieve 20/20 vision – similar results to LASIK. So even if you are not a good candidate for LASIK, you may be a good candidate for PRK in Colorado Springs.

Difference Between LASIK and PRK

Both LASIK and PRK procedures involve an excimer laser to reshape the cornea to correct a refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) and allow light to focus on the retina for clear vision. At Skyline Vision we use the VISX™ Star S4 laser for corneal reshaping.

The difference between LASIK and PRK is found in the first step of these procedures:

  • During LASIK a protective hinged corneal flap is created to allow access to the underlying corneal tissue. After the cornea is reshaped, the flap is replaced, where it begins to heal immediately.
  • During PRK, a thin, protective layer of tissue that covers the cornea (the epithelium) is removed. After the cornea is reshaped, the epithelium is allowed to grow back, which typically takes 3-5 days. There is no risk of corneal flap complications with PRK.

Each laser treatment is completely customized to your unique eye so you can achieve your best vision possible.

To learn more about PRK in Colorado Springs, contact us to schedule your free Consultation.

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