PRK was the first laser vision correction surgery to be performed in the United States and can treat moderate amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
This type of refractive surgery takes only 15-20 minutes with only about 30-60 seconds of actual lasering. Numbing drops are applied to the eye prior to PRK so that the patient does not experience any discomfort. The outer layer of the cornea or epithelium is gently removed. Laser pulses are directed at the cornea ablating tiny amounts of tissue and reshaping the cornea. Following the laser vision correction surgery, a thin non-prescriptive contact lens is applied to the eye to provide comfort and protection for the first several days of healing. Medication will be prescribed for two to three months or more. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and usually return to work within a week following the surgery.
Remember that laser vision correction is not for everyone; please seek the advice of an experienced ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon on your personal eye care needs. We offer free laser vision correction consultations in Western Massachusetts. Your appointment can be booked in Northampton, Springfield, or Ware.