Every pair of eyes is unique and that is why there are various LASIK alternatives to help every person gain visual freedom - crisp, clear vision with less dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Chirag Shah is thoroughly experienced in performing numerous laser eye surgery procedures, one of which is PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism could benefit from this procedure.
PRK is a laser vision correction procedure that may be an option for those who may not be candidates for LASIK..
PRK may be used if your eye surgeon finds that you have thinner-than-average corneas, and there is not enough corneal thickness for a LASIK flap. Soft corneas have a greater chance of bending out of shape and are also not suitable for the creation of a flap, like in the LASIK procedures. Therefore, PRK is the alternative. Despite the slight discomfort of PRK compared to LASIK, Dr. Shah may recommend PRK over LASIK based on results of your comprehensive eye examination. Our specialists will discuss the indications for having PRK and LASIK with you during your consultation.
The visual outcome is the same whether LASIK or PRK vision correction is performed. Both procedures are also equally safe-the main differences are the time it takes to heal and frequency of post-surgery visits.
The goal of any vision correction procedure is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. For patients receiving PRK, it may be several days before you feel comfortable returning to work and normal activity.
Discuss with the Dr. Shah at LASIK EXPERTS to see which procedure best suits your eyes. We offer all refractive surgical options like LASIK, PRK, SMILE, implantable lenses and refractive lens exchange making us the most comprehensive and unique medical facility in the Greater Philadelphia area.