PRK is similar to LASIK in that it uses laser energy to reshape the cornea to treat refractive errors permanently.
One key difference is that LASIK involves the creation of a corneal flap, and PRK does not.
PRK is an outpatient procedure, so you can return home the same day as surgery. Before surgery, we will numb your eyes with drops, so you do not feel any pain during the procedure. We also provide oral medication to help you feel relaxed and comfortable.
Removing the top layer of the cornea
Instead of creating a flap in the top layer of corneal tissue, Dr. Russell loosens the surface cells and removes them to expose the tissue that needs to be reshaped.
Unlike with conventional surface laser methods like LASEK, Epi-LASIK and PRK, with TransPRK the eye is not touched with any instrument.
Instead, the SCHWIND AMARIS laser removes the epithelium, without suction, flap, or blade, and without the use of blunt alcohol. This touch-free procedure is non-invasive, safe, and gentle to the eye.
Reshaping the cornea
Dr. Russell then uses an excimer laser to carefully reshape the cornea’s curvature. After the TransPRK, he places a bandage contact lens over the eye.