Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK a refractive surgery option. It’s been around longer than LASIK and was the first laser vision correction technique. PRK, like LASIK, can correct certain eye conditions like farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. During PRK eye surgery, your ICON Eyecare Grand Junction surgeon removes the thin, outer layer of the cornea called the epithelium. Removing this thin layer allows your surgeon access to deep layers of corneal tissue. Then, using a special, computed-guided laser, your surgeon will carefully remove microscopic amounts of tissue to create the exact corneal contours needed for sharper vision.
PRK eye surgery usually takes under 10 minutes per eye and is typically done on both eyes at the same time. PRK is a refractive surgery option and is a safe and effective alternative for patients who may not be ideal candidates for LASIK.