PRK Surgery in San Antonio
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), also known as advanced surface ablation, is a refractive procedure that ultimately produces results identical to those of LASIK. The primary difference between PRK and LASIK is that PRK does not create a corneal flap as a surgical step, whereas LASIK does. The primary difference is that LASIK has a very short recovery time (days) compared to that of PRK (a few weeks).
We still perform PRK frequently for a few reasons. Some people who are not good candidates for LASIK are in fact good candidates for PRK. Patients with cornea curvature that is either too steep or too flat could compromise their corneal integrity if a flap were made, thus PRK is a good alternative to LASIK for such patients. Furthermore, people with careers or hobbies that may put them at higher risk for contact with the eye – athletes, martial artists, boxers, etc. – should have PRK rather than LASIK to negate the risk of corneal flap displacement. People who may experience unusual pressures on the eye, like divers or pilots, may also prefer PRK.
As previously stated, the end result of PRK is the same as LASIK but it takes a bit longer to get there for PRK patients. This procedure is, like LASIK, designed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses, and the goal is 20/20 vision or better.
If you are looking for a refractive specialist in San Antonio, contact us to schedule a PRK Consultation to determine which procedure is best for your vision.
“Having LASIK has changed my life! Before coming to see Dr. Iskander I had been wearing glasses or contacts for 18 out of 24 years of my life. I had a -6 in one eye and a -7 in the other. I came in today for my 6 month follow up and I have 20/10 vision! Everyone in this office has been unbelievably helpful in explaining the process and have shared in my excitement over my new found vision! You can’t go wrong here!”
- Kailey P., LASIK Patient
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- Miguel Z., LASIK Patient
“I just had my follow up appointment this morning, following my LASIK surgery yesterday afternoon and I am totally amazed. My vision before the surgery was 20/400 – i had EXTREME astigmatism and nearsightedness. This morning I woke up with 20/15 vision. Dr. Iskander was so calming and professional and his staff was wonderful. Such a great experience!”
- Kate B., LASIK Patient
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