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

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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.


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PRK Pre-Surgery Instructions