Skip to Content
UW Health SMPH
American Family Children's Hospital

Laser (Refractive) Eye Surgery: Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

Contact Information

For more information about our free seminars or to schedule an eye exam, call (608) 265-2020.



UW Health Deming Way Eye Clinic, 2349 Deming Way, 2nd floor, Middleton

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is one type of laser vision correction or refractive surgery offered by UW Health in Madison.
What is photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)?
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) uses an excimer laser to remove a thin layer of the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
How do PRK and LASIK differ?

PRK offers patients an excellent option to achieve their desired vision correction but recovery of vision is delayed until the surface layer of the cornea heals. Your doctor may recommend separating the treatment of each eye by one week.
LASIK involves less initial discomfort and allows patients to see better sooner after surgery. Both PRK and LASIK produce about the same final visual result.
Costs of Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
The total cost of CustomVue PRK is $1,695 per eye which is divided into three fees:
  • Procedure fees ($495 per eye): The fee for each refractive surgery procedure covers the surgeon's fee and materials needed during surgery and enhancements needed within one year of initial surgery.
  • Pre-operative and follow-up fee ($300 per eye): Your pre-operative and follow-up care may be performed by a UW Health eye doctor or by your family eye doctor if pre-operative arrangements are made. Services usually include an initial eye examination, corneal topography and follow-up visits over a 12-month period.

Facility fee ($900 per eye):

    The facility fee is for use of the laser at TLC Madison LASIK, where the procedure is performed. TLC is located at 2418 Crossroads Drive, Suite 1900, Madison.

Note: Unity Health Insurance members, active duty Military members and Epic Systems employees receive a $100 per eye discount.

More Information


PRK Pre-Surgery Instructions