PRK Eye Surgery in San Antonio, TX
It’s important to us at Parkhurst NuVision that we treat our patients as guests, with hotel-style, concierge service and a range of vision correction options to meet anyone’s needs. One of our most valuable options is photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), a laser eye surgery that can be an excellent alternative to LASIK for many guests.
While PRK doesn’t have the same brand recognition as LASIK, it’s been trusted for even longer — LASIK is based off of PRK — and offers unique advantages for certain patients. Read on to learn more about PRK surgery and why you should trust the surgeons at Parkhurst NuVision for your PRK laser eye surgery.
What Is PRK Surgery?
PRK eye surgery is used to correct refractive errors — myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism — in which the eye does not focus light properly.
PRK is very similar to LASIK. During LASIK surgery, an eye surgeon uses a laser to create a small temporary flap in the cornea, allowing them to access and reshape the corneal tissue beneath. However, during PRK surgery, the surgeon uses laser technology to gently remove the top layer of the cornea and directly reshape the layers underneath to fix any irregular curvature in the eyes.
Both surgeries have been trusted for decades and are used to successfully improve millions of peoples’ eyes every year — it’s just a matter of choosing the laser surgery best suited to your needs!
What Are the Benefits of PRK Surgery?
PRK has many of the same benefits as LASIK surgery, in that both can correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. However, PRK surgery has an important advantage over LASIK for certain patients: it’s viable for those whose thin corneas, large pupils, or cornea conditions like dry eye make LASIK unsafe.
Certain lifestyles can make PRK a better fit than LASIK as well. For professional athletes or very physically active people, eye trauma can potentially reopen the small flap created by LASIK surgery.
Who Is a Candidate for PRK?
PRK is a great choice for patients who are interested in laser vision correction, but whose thin corneas, large pupils, or dry eye make LASIK a poor fit.
You will still need to meet certain requirements, including being over a certain age, stable vision for at least a year, and having good overall eye health. During a consultation, you’ll sit down with our eye surgery team and discuss the best possible plan of action for your personal vision goals.
Why Choose Parkhurst NuVision for PRK?
Our experienced eye surgery team at Parkhurst NuVision makes sure that each patient fully understands their options and the reasons why we’ve recommended a certain solution. We use only the latest laser technology available and adopt every technique and technological advancement that helps provide the very best service for our patients.
We use the ALLEGRETTO wavefront-optimized laser system in our PRK surgery. Its cutting-edge IntraLASE® wavefront technology allows us to map each unique eye we treat, and the laser’s precision allows for even faster and safer surgery than ever before.
It’s our goal that our guests rest easy knowing that when we recommend a procedure like PRK eye surgery, it’s because we’ve taken every measure to ensure that it’s the ideal solution for their needs. At Parkhurst NuVision, we strive to come as close to the perfect surgery possible for every guest, because improving vision is what we do. Schedule your consultation with our doctors today!
Dr. Gregory Parkhurst has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.