What is PRK?

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is an alternative to LASIK vision correction for people who have thin corneas. If you have been turned down for LASIK in the past, your eyes might be right for PRK.

During LASIK Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III, creates a flap on the corneal surface. If your corneal tissue is too thin, this is not a safe vision correction method. Vision correction through PRK is done by removing the outermost layer of corneal tissue (epithelial layer); this tissue regenerates naturally over the course of 1-2 weeks.

The second part of PRK is performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in the manner similar to LASIK. An excimer laser is used to flatten or steepen the cornea shape to allow light entering the eyes to land directly on the retina for clear vision.

When Will We Recommend PRK?

Our goal is help all of our patients achieve clearer vision for a better quality of life. We will never recommend a procedure unless we are confident that it will be the safest and most effective way to help you reach your vision goals. Some patients come into our office expecting to have LASIK but later learn that their eyes are simply not right for the procedure. If PRK in Jacksonville is an option, we will make that recommendation.

It is possible that your eyes may not be right for any type of vision correction. We will always be up front and honest about your options.

Find Out if PRK in Jacksonville is Right for You

Schedule your free Vision Consultation online or call our office at (904) 296-0098.