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Common Questions About PRK

  1. Is PRK painful?

You will remain awake and alert during the PRK procedure. To block any sensations of pain from the epithelial removal and laser treatment, we apply numbing eye drops. We can also provide relaxation medication to take the edge off, if you need it. Most patients do not describe PRK as painful, but everyone experiences sensations differently. As the eyes heal, we prescribe medicated eye drops or over-the-counter pain medications to help reduce any discomforts you may have.

  1. How long does PRK take?

Imagine: just 20 minutes to clearer vision. It’s actually possible with PRK! Plan on spending about 2 hours at our office on the day of your procedure; however, the actual PRK procedure will only take 20 minutes.

  1. What are the risks of PRK?

Most PRK complications can be avoided by first making sure your eye health is right for the procedure (our free Vision Correction Consultation) and then having the procedure performed by a highly experienced surgeon (like Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III). Some patients may experience:

  • Starbursts, glare or halos in low light environments
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Overcorrection or undercorrection
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Double vision
  • Clouded vision
  1. What is the typical PRK recovery?

Your eyes need time to regenerate the epithelial layer that was removed during the PRK procedure. This may take 3-5 days. Your vision may take longer to fully stabilize, but most patients are able to return to non-strenuous activities after 1-2 weeks. Your vision progress will be monitored at each follow-up appointment. If you experience any pain or other complications, contact us immediately.

  1. Does PRK guarantee I’ll never need glasses?

Although most patients can achieve 20/20 vision after PRK, this outcome cannot be guaranteed. Likewise, your vision is always changing. When most people reach age 40, they start to experience a different vision condition called presbyopia. Unlike the refractive error that created the need for PRK, this is caused by the gradual stiffening of the eye lenses. So even if you had a successful PRK procedure, you may start to need reading glasses as you grow older. At Bowden Eye & Associates we offer the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay to reduce the frustrations of reading glasses. Contact us to learn more.

  1. What are the requirements for PRK?

Our comprehensive exam can determine if you meet these requirements for PRK:

  • 18 years or older
  • Stable eyeglass prescription for at least one year
  • No eye disease or other vision conditions that may cause complications
  • Corneas thick enough for PRK
  • Good overall health
  • Realistic expectations
  • Full understanding of the potential risks

Our free Vision Correction Consultation will show if PRK is a safe vision correction option for you.

  1. Why does PRK cost vary from center to center?

Not every center that offers PRK has the same quality of surgeon, technology or overall experience. Choosing the lowest price PRK may not provide you with the vision results you want. When you are researching your options, remember that other centers may be able to offer cheap PRK because:

  • The surgeons are less trained and experienced
  • Outdated technology is used
  • Extra fees may be charged for services normally covered in the cost
  • Follow-up care is not provided by your surgeon

The cost of PRK is often an obstacle for people wanting clearer vision. Luckily, today there are 0% financing options to help you improve your vision now and pay for the procedure over time. This means you can choose a doctor you truly trust with your vision – and leave the cost obstacle out of the equation.

  1. Is PRK performed on 1 or both eyes?

You can elect to have PRK done on 1 eye, wait for that eye to fully heal, then have the procedure done on the other eye after several weeks have passed. You can also have the procedure on both eyes the same day. We can discuss the pros and cons of each method during your Consultation.

Find Out if PRK in Jacksonville is Right for You

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

Our Locations


7205 Bonneval Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32256


12341 Yellow Bluff Rd #4
Jacksonville, FL 32226


14810 Old St Augustine Rd #103
Jacksonville, FL 32258

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