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What is PRK Eye Surgery and How Much Does it Cost?

15 October 2019

Refractive eye surgery patients are no longer restricted to a single surgical option to correct myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. Whether you’re near-sighted, far-sighted or suffering from blurred vision, highly trained ophthalmic surgeons and specialists will help you understand the specifics of your diagnosis, before exploring potential treatments in more detail.  Although the widely lauded LASIK procedure is doing the rounds for a reason, photorefractive keratectomy paved the way. Take a moment now to learn more about this highly advantageous procedure and ask yourself – are you content to live with myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism for the rest of your life?

What is PRK Surgery?

Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, is a refractive eye surgery procedure performed by an ophthalmic specialist to correct vision issues in a wide range of patients. While everybody is singing the praises of LASIK, PRK laser eye surgery has its own list of benefits to consider, including one or two LASIK cannot deliver. Before we get into what’s great about PRK surgery, let’s take a quick look at how it is performed.  During PRK eye surgery, your chosen ophthalmic surgeon will remove the epithelium (a thin corneal layer) before reshaping the corneal tissue beneath with a special tool, called an excimer laser. Don’t worry, the epithelium is self-repairing, growing back in a matter of days, so you won’t lose anything you need to see clearly.What is LASIK Surgery… and How Does it Differ from PRK?

During a LASIK procedure, a corneal flap is cut with a microkeratome or femtoseconds laser, exposing the target tissue below to the experienced hands of your eye surgeon – the cornea is reshaped and treated before the flap is replaced and the epithelial layer is re-established.

The results of LASIK and PRK are identical, although the former differs when it comes to the treatment of the epithelium. LASIK lifts and replaces the epithelial layer following the procedure it instead of waiting for a new outer layer to regenerate.Why is PRK Surgery Better than LASIK?

PRK and LASIK are closely related – while both have their strengths and weaknesses, no one surgery option is better than the other; PRK and LASIK deliver consistently comparable results. Unlike LASIK though, PRK allows eye specialists to access the cornea in its entirety opposed to working within a zone as dictated by the pre-cut flap. Patients with a thin cornea, or people who have had LASIK before benefit the most from PRK.

Defined benefits of PRK include:

  •         Vision improvements that last
  •         One-time procedure – it’s that effective!
  •         Cutting edge laser technology and life altering results
  •         Simpler than LASIK

But how much does it cost? Is PRK Surgery Expensive?

If you’ll allow us a cliche… you can’t put a price on long-lasting eyesight. While every patient is different, PRK costs can start from $4,800. Ideally, you’ll meet with your ophthalmic surgeon first to discuss whether PRK is right for you and the final figures around finances.

Instead of reaching for your reading glasses, reach out to our experienced team of corrective eye surgeons.  Our team has been specialising in surface laser eye surgery for over 20 years, providing a diverse range of patients with accessible, local solutions and post-operative care. Put your eyes first with Hunter Laser Vision and find out why we’re the best corrective eye surgeons in the Hunter area.

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