Loading...
SHARE

http://www.emedtv.com/twittershare.html?status=Currently+reading+PRK+on+eMedTV%3a+http%3a%2f%2feyes.emedtv.com%2fcommon-eye-conditions%2c-tests%2c-and-procedures-video%2fprk-video.html
Email Video

PRK

Clip Number: 8 of 9
Presentation: Common Eye Conditions, Tests, and Procedures
The following reviewers and/or references were utilized in the creation of this video:
Reviewed By: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Video Link:
Embed Code:
PRK is an excellent laser procedure used to treat some of the same conditions that LASIK does. It is an excellent option for those patients whose corneas are too thin for the LASIK, or whose eyelids are too narrow for the microkeratome to be placed. Instead of making a flap in the cornea, PRK actually removes the top layer of the cornea, called the epithelium, and the laser is used to reshape the eye.
Because no flap is created, PRK does not have any possible flap complications. However, PRK does carry a higher risk of haze or scarring; and for patients who need a greater correction - sometimes original successful results can decrease over time. PRK also requires a longer recovery period, usually 7 to 10 days, and patients experience more discomfort during healing.
Your doctor may advise you that PRK is an option for you if LASIK cannot be performed.
 

Related Eyes Articles

Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.