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.
"The staff was extremely professional and exceeded every expectation I had. I’ve worn glasses for ten years and now have 20/10 vision. I would highly recommend them to anyone who has ever thought about getting the procedure done."- T.B. / Facebook / Mar 12, 2018
"The BEST money I have ever spent. Doctor Wilmarth and all of his staff are excellent at answering any and all questions and sorting out any confusions you may have. Before my surgery my vision was 20/70 in one eye and 20/60 in the other. Now I'm seeing 20/15, which means I see as clearly at 20 feet as someone with "normal" vision sees at 15 feet. I highly recommend a visit to Doctor Wilmarth if you are tired of glasses and/or contacts."- G.W. / Google / Jun 15, 2018
"For anyone considering custom wavefront lasik, I highly recommend Dr. Wilmarth. Highly skilled and professional. From the first visit to post surgery, the process has been amazing.Went from terrible eyesight (legally blind) to 20/15 vision."- D.A. / Google / Jun 05, 2018
"I am so happy about my Lasik experience with Dr. Wilmarth and his staff! Everything went smoothly from the initial consultation to post op visits! I would recommend Dr. Wilmarth and staff to everyone!"- S.H. / Google / May 19, 2018
"I felt in very good hands and Doctor Wilmarth made everything easy to understand.I will continue as a very satisfied patient—their eye glass door is great too!"- T.T. / Healthgrades / Apr 22, 2018
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.