PRK & Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery at The Eye Care & Surgery Center in New Jersey
PRK is a type of vision correction surgery called "Advanced Surface Ablation" that Cornea Specialist Joel Confino, M.D. performs at The Eye Care & Surgery Center in New Jersey for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK is a type of Laser Eye Surgery called “surface ablation” because it is performed on the surface of the cornea. It is called "Advanced" because through the application of advanced laser technology and treatment protocols they offer many benefits over the way early Laser Eye Surgery was performed.
About PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
PRK has been performed in the United States since 1995 and as such has withstood the test of time in terms of safety, efficacy and predictability. In addition, PRK today has been greatly improved in terms of overall patient comfort and visual recovery as compared to the PRK procedures performed in 1995. Advances in laser technology, such as the Wavelight Allegretto® Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser as well the availability of newer treatment medications make PRK of today an excellent choice for a number of patients. The PRK procedure is somewhat similar to LASIK in that a laser is used to reshape the cornea in order to correct your vision. The key difference between PRK and LASIK is that no “flap” is created during PRK. Instead, the laser is used to produce your optical correction by reshaping the outermost surface of the cornea, rather than under a flap, as in LASIK. PRK requires the removal of a thin layer of the corneal epithelium, which may produce varying degrees of temporary discomfort for up to a few days after your treatment.
With PRK, Dr. Confino will often prescribe additional medications and a thin, soft bandage contact lens to make you more comfortable for a few days after your treatment. Despite a long healing time, PRK is the preferred procedure for some patients. PRK is recommended for those patients: 1) whose corneas are too thin to have LASIK safely, 2) whose corneas display evidence of scarring from infection or trauma, or 3) some active or reserve military personnel with special assignments.