Laser Eye Surgery Q&A: Photorefractive Keratectomy Hero

Laser Eye Surgery Q&A: Photorefractive Keratectomy

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About 41% of the country’s population has vision problems, either from nearsightedness or some other form of myopia. Fortunately, recent technological advancements have made it possible for people to enjoy eye correction treatment. Laser eye surgery offers better and lasting results for myopia treatment. This usually involves reshaping the curvature of the cornea, helping improve refraction of light which leads to improved vision.

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One type of this corrective surgery is photorefractive keratectomy, which provides a different method of preparing the cornea.  It might take a longer recovery but it offers benefits you won’t find from other options. To help you understand more about this treatment, Park Slope Eye, your provider of high-end contact lenses in Brooklyn, NY, shares this handy Q and A.

  1. What is photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)? This is a type of refractive surgery that corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. While its more popular successor, LASIK eye surgery, creates a thin, hinged flap on the cornea to access the treatment area, PRK removes the cornea’s entire outer layer to expose the same part, creating no flap. Both options, however, reshape the cornea to correct vision.
  2. What are its advantages? While offering slower recovery, PRK has lesser depth of laser treatment. It’s also a better alternative to patients with thinner corneas. Photorefractive keratectomy also has a lower potential for corneal flap complications or compromised corneal thicknesses. As your premier eye doctor in Park Slope, we offer this treatment option to help improve your eyesight and live a fuller life.
  3. Who benefits from photorefractive keratectomy? The patients eligible to receive this treatment should be: 18 years of age; in good health; have had stable vision prescription for at least a year; and are not currently pregnant or nursing in the last six months.

If you’re having vision problems, you should consider turning to Park Slope Eye for a comprehensive eye inspection. Depending on the results or your preference, we’ll help you achieve better vision with PRK. As your trusted provider of quality treatment options and products, including eyeglasses in Brooklyn, NY, you can trust us to deliver safe and efficient laser eye surgery.

We specialize in personalized eye care services, from pediatric and orthokeratology to dry eye treatment. Let our experienced doctors and staff, along with advanced diagnostic technology and eye care offerings, help you enjoy the best vision, advice, and fit.

Call us today at (347) 380-7070 to schedule your appointment.

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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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