In addition to LASIK, we also offer PRK/LASEK to correct vision issues and reduce dependence on corrective eyewear and contacts.
These procedures differ from LASIK in two ways: the recovery time and also on the part of the eye which is being reshaped. When it comes to PRK/LASEK, the outermost surface of the eye undergoes reshaping and it does not require an incision or flap. PRK reshapes the cornea by removing the entire epithelial (outer) layer to expose the area. LASEK, a variation of PRK, lifts the epithelial layer, preserves it during the procedure and then replaces it on the eye’s surface at the end of the procedure. These procedures are known to have a longer healing time than LASIK treatment.
Prior to the PRK/LASEK procedure, our doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy and that you are a candidate for PRK/LASEK. They will also examine your eyes to confirm the shape and thickness of your cornea, pupil size, degree of refractive error and other potential eye issues. The moistness of your eyes will also be examined in order to prevent the risk of developing Dry Eye Syndrome.
If you are a contact lens wearer, our doctors may ask you to stop wearing your contact lenses two weeks before the eye exam to prevent the lenses from altering the natural shape of your cornea.
Along with evaluating your eyes, we will consider your overall health, health history and any medication being taken at the time to determine if PRK/LASEK is right for you.
Once you’ve been approved for PRK/LASEK, it is important to coordinate a ride for the day of your procedure, as you will NOT be able to drive after the procedure.
When you come into The Lasik Centers for your procedure, the expert and knowledgeable staff will ensure you have the best experience and feel at home.
Our doctors will begin the procedure by applying numbing eye drops to prevent you from feeling any discomfort during the procedure.
As soon as the eye drops take effect, our doctors will place the laser directly over your eye to start the procedure. In as little as 15 minutes, the PRK/LASEK procedure will be complete.
Once our doctors perform the PRK/LASEK procedure, you will be placed in one of our post procedure rooms where the doctor will perform a brief post procedure exam before releasing you.
Our doctors suggest resting your eyes for a couple days after your procedure. You may experience hazy and/or blurry vision immediately after your PRK/LASEK procedure. PRK/LASEK recovery takes longer than LASIK recovery but your vision should improve within a few days to a few weeks. For some patients, it may take up to six months before your vision is completely clear.
A follow up check-up will be required the day after the procedure. Most PRK/LASEK patients can resume driving one to three weeks after surgery. However, for your safety, our doctors recommend you do not drive until they confirm your corrected vision meets the legal standard for driving.
As with any medical procedure, it is important to follow our doctor’s instructions to ensure a full recovery. It is suggested that you avoid rubbing or touching your eyes and do not participate in strenuous exercise activity to ensure the flap heals properly and adheres to the cornea correctly.