Photorefractive Keratotomy (PRK) near Kansas City, KS

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What Is PRK?

At Heart of America Eye Care, we understand the frustration some individuals suffer if they aren't suitable candidates for LASIK, so we offer effective state-of-the-art alternatives, like PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). PRK was the pioneering method of laser refractive error surgery and has provided better vision to many individuals worldwide. It was performed safely and reliably for about a decade until LASIK and other methods emerged. Fortunately, eye surgeons still perform PRK procedures often, particularly for those without thick enough corneal tissue to get LASIK. PRK and other laser eye surgery techniques are all performed to resolve or improve vision problems like myopia and hyperopia, but PRK is performed slightly differently and comes with a lengthier healing time. However, PRK offers results that can match or even outdo those of other laser vision correction procedures. Reach out to one of our locations in Belton, MO, or Overland Park or Shawnee Mission, KS for a comprehensive consultation if you believe you might be a suitable candidate for PRK.

How Is PRK Performed?

Typically, PRK treatments can be completed in about 15 minutes. For some patients, we may suggest holding off a week or so between surgeries for each eye. Before the procedure, an eye care professional will completely anesthetize your eye with numbing eye drops to ensure a comfortable process.  A PRK procedure mirrors LASIK during its first steps. The most significant difference between the two, however, is that a corneal flap isn't required with PRK. Instead, the epithelium of the eye is removed and disposed of so the surgeon can reshape the cornea beneath. Afterward, you'll be required to wear a protective contact lens to shelter the eye as the epithelium grows back. The epithelial tissue typically regenerates in 3-5 days and then the bandage contact lens is removed.

Dependable Vision Correction

Because it was the first approach to laser vision correction, PRK has been helping patients have a clearer vision for nearly 25 years. For patients who have been disappointed that they weren't ideal candidates for LASIK, PRK might be the best choice. At Heart of America Eye Care, our skilled team has proudly delivered improved eyesight to many Kansas and Missouri patients. Call us at one of our locations in Overland Park or Shawnee Mission, KS, or Belton, MO to arrange an appointment so we can see if PRK is the most effective choice for your vision.

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