What Is PRK?
R. Daniel Grossman, M.D. is all too aware of the frustration incurred when a patient is ineligible for LASIK. Fortunately, The Eye Center of Southern Indiana offers several types of laser refractive correction options, including PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). PRK was the first, groundbreaking approach to laser vision surgery and has provided 20/20 vision or better to millions of individuals all over the world. Even with the invention of LASIK, eye surgeons still perform PRK procedures frequently, mainly for patients who don't have enough corneal tissue to receive LASIK. PRK provides outcomes equal to those of LASIK and other laser eye procedures. Reach out to our Bloomington, IN team for a comprehensive evaluation if you believe you could be eligible for PRK.
How Does PRK Work?
PRK is typically reserved for those who want to have laser refractive surgery but aren't eligible for LASIK or LASEK. It might also be a more practical treatment for individuals with particular ocular diseases or who have a higher chance of eye trauma due to working conditions. Like with other laser surgeries, a PRK procedure starts by numbing the eye with drops and fixing the lids in place. The main difference with PRK is that no corneal flap is necessary. Instead, the upper epithelial tissue of the eye is completely removed and discarded in order to reshape the cornea beneath. Following the procedure, patients need to wear a protective bandage contact lens to safeguard the eye while the epithelial tissue regenerates. The epithelium generally grows back in about two weeks, meaning the full recovery period takes longer than with other laser eye surgery methods.
After any laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK and PRK, we require our patients to return to The Eye Center of Southern Indiana for frequent follow-ups. These appointments are key so that we can keep track of a patient's recovery process, look for any unusual reactions, and help lessen any possible discomfort. The good news is that when the eyes are thoroughly recovered, the vision improvements will be as good as or even exceed those of LASIK. Many patients are able to get back to their jobs and driving within a week and attain their complete vision correction in about 1 – 3 months.
"My husband had a chalazion removed from his lower eye lid, and we had a great experience! Everyone was so friendly, from the receptionist out front to Dr. Andrew Huck! It was a quick process, and Dr. Huck walked us through each step of the procedure. He made us feel so comfortable and cared for. Thank you for all you guys do!!"- E.W. / Yelp / Oct 06, 2021
"They are very thorough in caring for new patients. They are conscious of covid 19 protocols. The practice has both ophthalmologist as well as optometrists. In case you need eye surgery, the surgery center is on the lower level. As a new patient I appreciate what they have to offer for eye care."- M.H. / Yelp / Mar 25, 2021
"Genuinely Caring and Competent Doctor - A good guy and really smart"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 17, 2019
"Outstanding surgeon for my lasik! The eye center of southern Indiana is a top notch facility - I chose it over anything in the Indianapolis area because it's the best. "- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jun 02, 2017
"I just had my LASIK eye surgery done with Dr. Mackey at the Eye Center yesterday. I recommend it highly, and wish I had done it sooner. The staff was as sweet as can be, and I felt so comfortable the entire time. I would really like to thank Dr.Mackey, Dr Gray and Melissa for taking such good care of me. There was virtually no wait times which cut down on my nerves substantially. The procedure itself was completely painless and was over before I knew it. I’m super pleased with my experience:)"- C.E. / Yelp / Dec 04, 2015
Dependable Vision Correction
Since it was the original approach to laser vision correction, PRK has been allowing men and women to achieve their sharpest vision for nearly 25 years. At The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, our skilled team has happily delivered great eyesight to countless Bloomington, IN patients, and PRK has been an excellent alternative to LASIK for many of them. Visit us to arrange a consultation so R. Daniel Grossman, M.D. or a member of his team can determine if PRK is the ideal choice for you.