What Is PRK?

Before LASIK was developed, there was Photo Refractive Keratectomy, known as PRK. It was the very first laser vision correction surgery and typically requires more healing time than LASIK. Dr. Joseph Dello Russo helped provide initial research on the procedure, introducing PRK to his patients in 1990. Based on Dr. Dello Russo’s contribution, along with work by other pioneering laser surgeons, PRK was approved by the FDA in 1996.

Today, Drs. Russo reserve PRK for individuals who have thin corneas and are not candidates for LASIK. The best way to determine which procedure is best for you is to schedule an initial consultation at Dello Russo LaserVision.

How Is PRK Performed?

On the day of your PRK, you will meet with Drs. Dello Russo, who will help prepare you for the procedure. At the start of the surgery, our patients are placed under the Wavelight Allegretto Eye-Q Laser, where the surface cells on their corneas will be cleaned away. The surface below is then treated with the laser beam, often taking between 2 to 20 seconds to reshape the cornea, according to your prescription.

Once the laser work has been done, special eye drops are typically administered briefly before a clear bandage contact lens is applied to the eye. The clear contact lenses are worn for several days to aid in the healing process and to help maximize your comfort after the procedure. You will be able to see through the clear contact lens.

What Is the Recovery Process for PRK?

Most of our patients find their vision improving gradually during the next few days following surgery. The clear contacts are usually removed five days after the procedure. Most patients can return to work even before the lenses are removed, usually on the third day after PRK.

What Does PRK Cost?

Your PRK treatment will be an individualized process, so the cost of your PRK will depend on your special circumstances.

Whatever your needs, you can count on the friendly, professional staff at Dello Russo LaserVision to work closely with you to make PRK an affordable option. We offer a variety of payment plans. To learn more about our PRK financing options, including CareCredit® and insurance discounts, please schedule a consultation with us today.

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Dello Russo LaserVision is one of the most celebrated eye care practices in New York and New Jersey. Not only are we a family-run business, but we are also a business that will treat you like family. Drs. Joseph and Jeff Dello Russo and their staff have built a trusted reputation based on experience, expertise, and quality care. Please contact us today at 800-393-2273 to set up your complimentary consultation.