PRK Surgery

Patient on table ready for PRK eye surgery.

KANSAS CITY’S PRK
OPHTHALMOLOGISTS

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) may not have a catchy name like LASIK or IntraLase, but it can achieve similar results for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It’s often the preferred treatment for refractive errors in eyes that are too flat, too steep, or too thin, or have other characteristics in the cornea that prevent the use of LASIK.

How it Works

The biggest difference between PRK and LASIK is that no microkeratome or “flap” is created during the procedure. Instead, the same VISX excimer laser is used to reshape the surface of the cornea in two steps, and a soft “bandage” contact lens is replaced on the eye to aid in comfort and visual restoration. Usually, the contact is left in place until the corneal tissue beneath it is restored, normally three to five days.

 

Most patients find PRK to be very comfortable and easy, mainly because no flap is being created. However, there are more frequent visits after surgery compared to LASIK, and medicated eye drops are required for longer periods. Doctor’s orders must be followed with the drops; otherwise, results can be adversely affected.

  • A PRK eye evaluation requires patients to stop wearing them.

    Put Away the Contacts

    People who wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses should stop wearing them three weeks before an initial PRK evaluation (three days for people who wear other types).

  • PRK eye surgery FAQs.

    PRK: OVERVIEW

  • PRK eye specialist Dr. Katie Macaluso - Sabates Eye Centers.

    PRK Specialist

    Dr. Katie Macaluso Dr. Macaluso sees patients at the Independence, Leawood, Northland, Plaza Centers, plus Truman Medical Center – University Health and Lakewood locations.

For emergency or time sensitive appointments, call 913-261-2020
or 1-800-742-0020 (toll free).

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The scheduling department is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will contact you by 5 p.m. the next business day to confirm appointment details.

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  • Thorough dilated exam to address eye medical conditions.
  • Examples: cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration.
  • This type of exam is a detailed medical exam to determine, assess, and recommend any treatment necessary and may include additional testing.
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  • Schedule a new glasses or contact lens prescription.
  • Filed as a routine eye exam with your insurance or vision service plan.
  • No medical eye conditions will be evaluated at this exam.

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DO YOU QUALIFY FOR
PRK EYE SURGERY?

If you’re between 18 and 65, there’s a good chance. The ideal age is between 21 and 60, because younger eyes may still be developing and older ones may have the presence of cataracts, two factors that usually rule out PRK.

PRK may be a good option if you…

  • Want to decrease your dependency on glasses or contacts
  • Have a suitable refractive error
  • Are free of eye diseases

Why Sabates Eye Centers for PRK?

Some patients have reservations about PRK. Maybe they’re disappointed they don’t qualify for LASIK, or they have misconceptions about recovery times or results. Our refractive ophthalmologist has performed both procedures thousands of times and will help you understand the differences and, more importantly, the similarities — especially when it comes to desired results. A free eye exam and consultation is all it takes. At Sabates Eye Centers, the ophthalmologist you meet with is same one you’ll see in the operating room.