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What is PRK?

Our skilled team of highly trained eye specialists understands the disappointment men and women may deal with who aren't eligible for LASIK, which is why we perform multiple types of laser refractive surgery, such as PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). PRK was the first groundbreaking version of laser vision surgery and has granted drastically improved vision to millions of individuals internationally. It was practiced safely and reliably for many years until the emergence of the LASIK techniques. However, ophthalmologists still perform PRK surgery frequently, especially for people who don't have enough corneal tissue to receive LASIK. PRK and other laser eye surgery methods are all performed to resolve or improve vision problems, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, though PRK is performed somewhat differently and comes with a lengthier recovery period. Best of all, PRK provides results that equal or even beat those of other laser vision correction procedures. Wang Vision Institute is unique in that Dr. Ming Wang, the founder of our office and world-renowned eye surgeon, holds a doctorate in laser physics, which makes us more than qualified to provide each of our patients with life-changing laser vision correction results. Call us at Wang Vision Institute in Nashville, TN for a thorough evaluation if you think you might be an ideal candidate for PRK.

What Are The Benefits of PRK?

PRK laser vision surgery performed at Wang Vision Institute in Nashville, TN is a safe and effective method that can improve or resolve several significant vision conditions, particularly for those who aren’t eligible for LASIK surgery. Benefits of PRK include:

  • A safer procedure than LASIK for people who have physically demanding occupations or participate in high-impact activities like sports
  • More suitable for patients with thin corneas
  • More effective for individuals who need stronger prescriptions
  • Approximately 90% of PRK patients have 20/20 vision one year after surgery
  • Less likely to result in dry eye and/or infection
  • The procedure is safe and gentle
  • The surgery process is technically simpler than LASIK but uses the same or similar advanced tools

Who is a Candidate for PRK?

Primarily, PRK is best for men and women who would like to take advantage of laser vision surgery but aren't eligible for LASIK. PRK might also be a more practical solution for patients with particular eye diseases. It could also be a more cautious alternative for those who have a higher potential for trauma to the eye due to rough job conditions or participating in highly active lifestyles. Laser eye surgery patients should be no less than 18 years old to make sure their eyes are totally matured, and they have to have had a stable glasses prescription for one year. To establish whether PRK is an ideal treatment for each unique patient, we will conduct a full eye evaluation and go over any previous or ongoing medical issues.

What To Expect during PRK surgery

The majority of PRK procedures are conducted in no more than ten minutes. In some cases, we might advise waiting a week or two between procedures for each eye. Before the procedure, a member of our team will fully anesthetize the eye with no-sting eye drops to facilitate a painless experience, and then a suction device will be positioned over the eye to keep it from blinking. The PRK technique mirrors LASIK for the first steps. The most significant difference with PRK is that a corneal flap isn't created. Instead, the epithelium of the eye is totally removed and discarded so that our eye surgeons, Dr. Frenkel and Dr. Wang, can correct the curve of the underlying cornea. Following the procedure, patients need to use a protective bandage contact lens to keep the eye safe while the epithelium grows back. The epithelium typically regenerates in about two weeks; therefore, the full recovery process is a bit longer compared to other laser vision correction surgery methods.

How long is recovery after PRK?

Following any laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK and PRK, we ask our patients to return to Wang Vision Institute for one or more follow-ups. Your first check-in may be as soon as the following day. These visits are imperative so that Dr. Wang and Dr. Frenkel can monitor each patient's recovery process, look for any unanticipated side effects, and help manage any potential discomfort. In comparison to other laser vision correction surgeries, PRK does entail a lengthier healing period and a little more discomfort, including sensitivity to light, feeling like there is sand in the eye, and intense eye dryness. The majority of people need to wear their protective bandage contacts for 5 - 7 days. However, when the eyes are thoroughly recovered, your vision results will be equal to or even exceed those of other laser refractive surgeries. Typically, patients can get back to their jobs and operating their cars in about a week and attain their complete visual acuity within 4 – 12 weeks.


How do I know if PRK or LASIK is right for me?
During a thorough consultation, our Nashville, TN eye surgeons can let you know if you would benefit better from PRK or LASIK. In some cases, certain individuals may not be ideal candidates for LASIK and may require PRK. Schedule your consultation to learn more about which treatment is right for you.

Is PRK surgery painful?
Prior to your procedure, anesthetic eye drops will be provided to allow you to feel nothing during the surgery. Additionally, after your procedure, our team will provide the necessary aftercare instructions to help you remain comfortable during the recovery process.

How long does it take to recover from PRK?
Though recovery times can vary from patient to patient, most individuals will notice clearer vision within a couple of days after treatment. However, full recovery can take up to one month. You will need to attend follow-up appointments so that our team can evaluate your recovery process. 

Dependable Vision Correction

Because it was the earliest approach to laser refractive surgery, PRK has been allowing men and women to attain their sharpest vision for almost 25 years. For individuals who have been disappointed that they weren't proper candidates for LASIK, PRK may be your ideal solution. At Wang Vision Institute, our experienced and highly trained team of ophthalmologists has proudly provided clear eyesight to numerous Nashville, TN patients. Contact us to schedule a consultation so we can determine if PRK is the most effective option for you.

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