Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a refractive surgery procedure performed to correct vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It received FDA approval in 1995 in the USA and has been performed in other countries since the 1980s. Prior to the development of LASIK surgery, PRK was the most common refractive surgery procedure.
Dr. Wilmarth, our board-certified ophthalmologist, often recommends PRK as an alternative to LASIK. Many patients in the Roseville and Sacramento, CA area who are not good LASIK candidates (due to corneas that are too thin or pupils that are too large) may achieve excellent results with PRK. Patients with corneas that are very thin may experience complications with corneal flap creation during LASIK, which rules them out as a candidate. PRK can help patients avoid these unwanted LASIK complications while still restoring their vision and eliminating the need for corrective lenses.
"I had a cataract in my left eye, Dr. Wilmarth performed laser surgery to remove it and replaced my lens with. Restora brand multi-focal lens. The results were amazing I had 20/30 vision the day of surgery and better than 20/20 within 1 month. I was so pleased with the results that I choose to have the lens in my right eye replaced with the same Lens! Same results as the left eye 20/20 vision...it's so nice to be DONE with glasses forever!! Dr. Wilmarth and his entire team are very professional, efficient, extremely competent and friendly. I am very confident in their abilities and recommend them for any eye surgery you may need."- L.H. / Yelp / Jan 24, 2018
"An easy and professional Lasik procedure! A great experience for a medical operation and you can't ask for better hands."- D.R. / Facebook / Jan 17, 2018
"Proud to say I can now see 20/15 [that's better than 20/20]! I must be dreaming; I have worn glasses since I was 5 years old and I feel like a brand new me. I came from a negative 6! Thank you Dr Wilmarth!"- J.R. / Facebook / Oct 20, 2017
"Fantastic experience throughout the pre-op, the procedure itself, and the couple of post-op appointments I've had so far. I went in for moderate to severe hyperopia (far-sightedness), so I would get heavy eye fatigue and lose focus when reading text or small print for any longer than a few minutes. After the Lasik, I now have 20/15 visual acuity and can read for hours without eye fatigue. While it is a significant financial outlay, I was not looking for the discount-chain "99 cent store" type of place to operate on my eyes; I was looking for the best of the best, and I can confidently say that is what you get if you go to Wilmarth Eye and Laser. Thank you again doc!Nick"- N.R. / Yelp / Oct 19, 2017
"I have known Dr. Wilmarth for years through our children's school. I had great vision my entire life but then it all changed when I reached my late 40s. Ultimately, I couldn't read up close or even drive very well without glasses. I didn't last long with the inconvenience of glasses. And, I had a terrible time trying to work with contact lenses. Since Dr. Wilmarth has such an excellent reputation in the area, I decided to schedule a consult.Dr. Wilmarth's staff is very experienced and they seem to really enjoy what they do. They were very kind to me and treated me as though I was important. I didn't research any other doctors for this procedure since my very best friend, who is extremely well-researched, told me she would never go to anyone other than Dr. Wilmarth. I had both eyes fixed for distance. My distance vision now is very sharp. I haven't reached for my glasses since the surgery three weeks ago. I have also found that if I back up my reading materials an extra 6 inches or so, I'm able to read magazines, newspapers, etc. much better even though I had my eyes fixed only for improving distance. I have only reached for my "cheater" reading glasses a few times since the surgery for very small print.I know a lot of people spend years considering this procedure. I'm super grateful for Dr. Wilmarth and I'm very happy to have my life back! Thank you!"- T.C. / Yelp / Jul 21, 2017
What to Expect
Both PRK and LASIK are performed to treat the same refractive errors in vision, but each procedure takes a different approach to reshaping the cornea. In LASIK, a hinged flap is created on the surface of the cornea that is used to reshape the underlying tissue. PRK does not require the creation of a flap. Instead, the surface layer of the cornea is completely removed, allowing Dr. Wilmarth to reshape the underlying tissue with a precise laser.
During the PRK recovery period, the surface layer of the cornea will heal. As a result, the healing time for PRK is a little longer than for LASIK, and patients may experience a little more discomfort. But they will be able to achieve excellent vision with both procedures.
PRK is a very effective way to correct refractive errors in vision. Approximately 95% of patients are able to see clearly without glasses three months after the surgery is complete. While it may take a little longer to achieve results with PRK, the procedure is well worth the investment if patients are not a good candidate for LASIK.
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If you're ready to restore your eyesight and get rid of corrective lenses, PRK is an effective alternative to LASIK, offering the same benefits catered toward each individual. Call today to find out how you can start your treatments and live with better eyesight.