Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Eye Surgery

Sometimes LASIK eye surgery is not the best option for some patients to achieve their desired eyeglasses independence.


In these cases, the procedure known as Photorefractive Keratectomy (“PRK”) becomes an alternative that can restore your vision’s full potential.

What Is PRK Surgery?

PRK is an outpatient procedure wherein an excimer laser is used to sculpt the cornea to achieve vision correction.

In PRK, only the very top (epithelial) layer of the cornea is moved aside during laser eye surgery, compared to the flap created with LASIK. The surgeon then uses the excimer laser to sculpt the cornea. The epithelium typically heals in one to two days.

Am I a Candidate For PRK?

There are some requirements to meet to be a good candidate for PRK eye surgery.

If, for example, you have thinner corneas, irregular astigmatism, scarring, or progressive ectasia, you will not be able to get this type of procedure. Dr. Besser will work with you in your initial consultation to determine your best option.

It may take 7-10 days for a patient’s vision to recover and attain full clarity.

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PRK Recovery

Immediately after a PRK procedure, patients are likely to experience discomfort for the first 36-48 hours.

We recommend all our patients that had PRK surgery wear a soft, protective contact lens (known as a “bandage soft contact lens”) for 5-7 days after the procedure. This bandage contact lens promotes healing and allows the patient to be more comfortable during the healing period.

Dr. Besser will remove the contact lens at the 5-7 day post-operative visit.

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If you’re ready to find out if you’re a good candidate for PRK eye surgery, don't hesitate to contact our office in Culver City, Los Angeles, or book an eye examination online.

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