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Precision Vision Correction with PRK

At Newsom Eye, we understand that achieving clear vision is a priority for many individuals. While LASIK is a popular choice for vision correction, it may not be suitable for everyone. For those who are not ideal candidates for LASIK, we offer an alternative solution known as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). This advanced procedure utilizes state-of-the-art laser technology to reshape the cornea and enhance visual acuity, providing patients with clearer vision and improved quality of life.


What is PRK?

Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, is a laser vision correction procedure designed to treat refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Similar to LASIK, PRK works by reshaping the cornea to improve its ability to focus light onto the retina, resulting in clearer vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Unlike LASIK, which involves creating a corneal flap, PRK does not require the creation of this protective layer. Instead, the outermost layer of cells on the cornea, known as the epithelium, is gently removed before the laser treatment. This allows the laser to directly reshape the cornea, correcting any refractive errors and improving visual clarity.

The PRK Procedure

Before undergoing PRK, patients undergo a comprehensive eye examination to determine their suitability for the procedure. During the PRK procedure, the corneal surface is numbed with eye drops to ensure comfort throughout the treatment.

Next, Dr. Newsom carefully removes the epithelium layer using a specialized instrument or solution. Once the surface is prepared, an excimer laser is used to precisely reshape the cornea based on the patient’s unique prescription and corneal curvature. This precise reshaping allows light to focus properly onto the retina, correcting refractive errors and improving vision.

After the laser treatment is complete, a clear contact lens is placed on the eye to protect the surface and promote healing. Patients are then sent home to rest and recover.

Recovery and Results

While the recovery time for PRK is slightly longer compared to LASIK, many patients experience significant visual improvement within the first few days following the procedure. It is normal to experience some discomfort, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision during the initial healing period.

Most patients are able to resume normal activities, including driving and returning to work, within a few days to a week after PRK. As the cornea continues to heal, vision will gradually improve, with many patients achieving 20/20 vision or better.

Is PRK Right for You?

PRK may be a suitable option for individuals who are not candidates for LASIK or prefer a procedure without the creation of a corneal flap. Additionally, PRK may be preferred for patients with high-risk occupations or hobbies that involve physical contact to the eye, such as athletes.

If you are considering PRK as a vision correction option, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our experienced team at Newsom Eye. During your consultation, we will evaluate your candidacy for PRK and discuss the procedure in detail, answering any questions or concerns you may have.

Experience Clearer Vision with PRK at Newsom Eye

With over 20 years of experience in vision correction procedures, Newsom Eye is proud to offer PRK as a safe and effective solution for achieving clearer vision. Our skilled surgeons and advanced technology ensure precision and optimal outcomes for every patient.

Contact us today to learn more about PRK and schedule your consultation. Take the first step towards clearer vision and a brighter future with Newsom Eye.

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