PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser eye surgery designed to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK came before laser procedure called laser-assisted-in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK), but PRK is still performed frequently and regularly with good success rate.
PRK Surgery: Step by Step

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in the initial post-op recovery period?

In the initial 3-5 days, there will be a bandage contact lens over the eye and a feeling of slight irritation, watering, pain and swelling is expected.

How will my visual recovery be after PRK?

Visual recovery may take a few weeks to stabilise.

What care should I take after the PRK treatment?

No splashing water into the eyes, No rubbing the eye, no eye makeup.

How long do I need to wear sunglasses?

Wear UV protected sunglasses outdoors for 1 year after the PRK treatment to reduce the risk of haze.

How long do I need to use eye drops?

You will have to use eye drops for about 3 months after the treatment.

Is PRK a safe procedure?

Yes, It is the safest Laser procedure as it leaves behind good corneal thickness. It is preferred in corneas with borderline thickness because of its safety profile.

Do I require eye patch after the PRK treatment?

No, Bandage Contact Lens (BCL) is used for 3-5 days after the PRK treatment, but you can open and close the eye normally.