Photorefractive Keratectomy – PRK Refractive Surgery

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Patients with vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism have several options when it comes to restoring their sight. LASIK is one of the most effective treatments available. However, not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment. If you find that you are not a good fit for LASIK, Dr. Richard B. Foulkes may recommend an alternative treatment that can still deliver amazing results.

Photorefractive Keratectomy, also known as PRK, provides excellent vision restoration for patients who are not good candidates for LASIK. Our experienced team uses state-of-the-art technology to help create a superior patient experience and deliver clearer, sharper vision.

If you are in the Chicago area and would like to discuss your eye surgery options, give our office a call at 630-724-1400 to schedule your initial consultation and comprehensive eye exam.

What is PRK?

PRK is a highly accurate vision correction surgery. Approximately 90% of PRK patients obtain at least 20/20 vision without the need for glasses or contacts one year after their surgery.

The procedure begins with topical anesthetic that is applied directly to your eyes in the form of eye drops. Dr. Foulkes will then carefully create a small flap on the surface of your eye to access the cornea for laser treatment.

The laser employed by Dr. Foulkes during PRK eye surgeries reduces or alters the shape of the cornea so that light can focus more accurately on the retina. The laser is able to sculpt the cornea with a cold light beam, ultimately removing unnecessary cells. This process of cell removal is known as ablation. The exact ablation necessary for each PRK procedure varies based on your particular vision problem.

Overall, the procedure takes around 10 minutes to complete.

PRK process - Chicago laser eye surgeon

Although Photorefractive Keratectomy and LASIK share similarities, it is important to note that these treatments are different. PRK applies the laser to the surface of the cornea, rather than underneath it. This means it can easily adjust to, and reshape, corneal abnormalities making it a great solution for those who find they are not a good fit for other vision correction procedures.

Are You a Candidate?

Some patients opt for PRK because of professional demands on their sight. Others are candidates for PRK based on the specific physiology of their eyes, including:

  • Thin corneas
  • Large pupils
  • Corneal scars
  • Epithelial basement membrane disease
  • History of radial keratotomy, channel IOLs or corneal transplants

The above issues cannot be addressed by LASIK, making PRK a great solution in providing clear vision. However, to fully determine if you are a good candidate for PRK, Dr. Foulkes will meet with you in person to examine your eyes. During your comprehensive eye exam, we will work together to formulate a treatment plan specific to your vision needs so you can see optimum results.

The Benefits of PRK

PRK can offer many benefits that you would not otherwise experience with traditional LASIK or other vision correction procedures. Benefits of PRK include:

  • Performed with a computer-assisted excimer laser that provides automated and accurate results
  • Reshapes the cornea in the eye resulting in crisp, clear vision
  • Can be performed on patients with ultra-thin corneas or other eye irregularities
  • Can be administered to patients who have previously undergone a LASIK vision correction procedure

Be sure to obtain as much information as you can about your specific PRK procedure when you speak with Dr. Foulkes. Ultimately, this will help prepare you for your surgery as well as your recovery.

Call Foulkes Vision Today for Your PRK Consultation

Dr. Foulkes and his experienced team have the skills and training necessary to help you get the vision you need for a happy and fulfilling life. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your eye care goals and requirements. Together, we will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that will deliver the vision results you want to achieve.

If you are in the Chicago area and would like to learn more about PRK or other vision correction procedures, give our office a call 630-724-1400 to schedule your initial consultation.