What are the advantages and disadvantages of PRK?

Dr. Matthew Russell reveals the advantages and disadvantages of PRK

The big advantage of PRK is that it can be done safely on eyes that have a thin cornea.

PRK enables people who couldn’t go through LASIK to actually get laser vision correction done to restore their vision. That is the primary advantage. There are other advantages in special groups of patients, patients who may be vulnerable to an eye injury because of their occupation, such as a police officer or someone who worked in the defense force, for example. And in that instance, there is no risk at all if a person found themselves in a situation where they had an eye injury, that they could be more vulnerable because they had been through laser vision correction.



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The disadvantages of PRK is that it is an uncomfortable procedure. It takes two or three days to recover from the operation, and the vision recovery takes longer than LASIK to achieve. LASIK is recovery overnight. PRK is most recovery within three or four days of the procedure, but not back to really the best possible vision for two to three weeks.

If you would like to know what the benefits are financially from going ahead with laser vision correction versus the expense of wearing contact lenses or glasses over the course of your life, then visit our website and use the online pricing calculator to compare the options, laser vision correction versus glasses and contact lenses.

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Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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