PRK Specialist
Some patients find that they aren’t eligible for LASIK surgery due to a thin cornea or other related conditions. In this case, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a safe and effective option for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Dr. Liviu Saimovici provides PRK at New York Medicine Doctors in New York City.


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What is the difference between PRK and LASIK?

During the LASIK surgery, Dr. Saimovici creates and pulls back a thin corneal flap, and then reshapes the cornea under the flap. In PRK, he simply reshapes the surface of the cornea. The recovery period following PRK is a little longer, but patients who don’t qualify for LASIK may be eligible for this procedure.

Who is a candidate for PRK?

PRK is the treatment of choice for a variety of patients, including:

  • Patients with thin corneas
  • Patients who have had LASIK or PRK in the past
  • Patients with enlarged pupils
  • Patients with dry eye
  • Patients with corneal disease
  • Athletes at risk of trauma to the eye

Some patients choose PRK over LASIK because they have anxiety about the corneal flap procedure.

How can patients prepare for PRK?

There are several steps Dr. Saimovici will ask patients to take leading up to surgery:

  • Discontinue wearing eye makeup three days before surgery
  • Take preoperative eyedrops as prescribed by the surgeon as instructed
  • Avoid wearing jewelry, perfume, or cologne the day of surgery
  • Discontinue use of soft contact lenses for seven days before surgery
  • Stop wearing toric lenses for two weeks before surgery
  • Discontinue wearing RGP lenses for three weeks prior to surgery

Are patients who have failed-vision correction surgeries eligible for PRK?

In many cases, yes. The only way to determine eligibility is to schedule a consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist, such as Dr. Saimovici.

Is PRK painful?

The eye is numbed using numbing drops before the procedure to ensure patients don’t experience pain.

What can patients expect following surgery?

In the days following surgery, you’ll need to get plenty of rest to allow the eye to heal. You may experience itching, discomfort, or minor pain, but these symptoms alleviate after just a few days. Nighttime eye protection and scheduled eye drops are also required during recovery.

You won’t be able to drive immediately following the procedure, so you’ll only be released when a driver is present. However, many patients feel comfortable driving as early as the next day.

Some follow-up is required after the procedure. Each patient is different, but an average follow-up schedule includes several visits: one the week after surgery; another one after three weeks; and yet another one six weeks after surgery.

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