Am I a Candidate for PRK?

A thorough evaluation by a board-certified ophthalmologist is the best way to determine candidacy for laser eye surgery such as PRK. This, in part, is to ensure that there is enough suitable corneal tissue to support the reshaping required to achieve the desired amount of correction, and that the tissue is healthy, free of disease, and likely to heal well. A qualified ophthalmologist will measure the thickness of the cornea and, among other diagnostic tests, review the patient’s medical history and check the overall health of the eyes and, specifically, the corneas.

PRK is particularly well suited for patients seeking a laser vision correction option, but for whom LASIK may not be appropriate. This can include patients with thin corneas, large pupils, corneal scarring or those who participate in high contact sports, such as basketball or football, or who have jobs with a high risk for eye injury including fire fighters.

Interested in Refractive Surgery?

Answers to questions about LASIK, PRK and vision-correcting cataract surgery.

Glossary

ARSC’s vocabulary of vision

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