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PRK is the predecessor of LASIK surgery which works on the same concept, i.e., reshaping the cornea. The key difference between PRK and LASIK is the flap removal. In PRK, the flap is entirely removed, whereas in LASIK, the flap is removed and then placed back over the eye.
Though LASIK is the most common choice for people, PRK is also a good option. It provides similar results and helps the patient to get rid of eyeglasses or contact lenses effectively.
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Pristyn Care is one of the most reputed eye care providers in India. We leverage conventional and modern technologies to correct refractive errors, including PRK, LASIK, SMILE, SBK, Contoura Vision, and others. We ensure that all of our patients get optimal care cost-effectively.
Our clinics are located across various cities in India, and at each clinic, we house a dedicated team of eye specialists. All of our surgeons are well-versed in all types of refractive surgeries, including PRK. They have more than 10 years of experience in performing PRK eye surgery with a success rate higher than 95%. We are also partnered with many hospitals across the country to make best-in-class treatment accessible for everyone who needs it.
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Though LASIK is the standard method of vision correction, there are specific scenarios where PRK is preferred over LASIK. These scenarios include-
If there are no such issues, then the surgeon would recommend having standard LASIK.
PRK surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and takes around 5 to 10 minutes per eye. The steps involved in the procedure are explained below-
As PRK surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, the patient will be discharged on the same day.
Before deciding to perform PRK surgery, the doctor discusses all PRK-specific guidelines. Initially, there will be a pre-operative appointment during which the doctor will thoroughly assess the eyes. The refractive error, pupil size, and corneal shape are mapped before the surgery as these measurements will be used to program the laser.
Other instructions given by the doctor may include the following-
For the day of surgery, further instructions will be given to the patient-
As with all eye surgeries, there are some risks of PRK eye surgery too. These risks include-
Immediately after the surgery, expect to feel mild discomfort or pain (rarely) in the first 2-3 days. For that, over-the-counter medications will be prescribed. The eyes will also feel watery for a few days. Initially, the eyes may be more sensitive to light while they are healing and the flap is forming. Halos and glares will be there for days or weeks following PRK and are likely to get worse during nighttime.
PRK eye surgery is highly beneficial for patients who are ineligible to undergo conventional LASIK surgery. The key benefits of the treatment procedure are explained below-
In India, the cost of PRK surgery ranges from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 60,000 approximately. The actual cost will be different for each patient. It will be best to take an estimate from the healthcare provider.
Generally, PRK is considered long-lasting as the corneal shape is changed permanently. However, PRK cannot prevent the aging of the eyes. Hence, there are chances that with age, some eye conditions may develop that will cause vision changes.
According to the FDA, the overall success rate of PRK is more than 95%, with a notable improvement in the quality of vision.
No, there is no need to use eyeglasses after PRK, as the surgery will provide 20/20 vision. In some patients, the vision correction may not be accurately 20/20. If so, the doctor may prescribe eyeglasses to them.
The no-screen period after PRK is 24 hours. After that, watching TV, computer, mobile phones, and other devices is safe. If your work involves using a digital screen, you can even resume that.
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The entire recovery after PRK surgery takes place at home. The patient is discharged on the same day within 1-3 hours after surgery. It’ll be best for the patient to take proper rest, sleep, or keep the eyes closed for comfort. Blinking might lead to a scratchy feeling in the eye.
A follow-up will be scheduled for the next day so that the doctor can assess the results of PRK surgery. The patient is also informed about the signs of eye infection, such as redness, swelling, pus, fever, etc. The patient also needs to ensure that the bandage contact lens doesn’t dislodge or fall out. It’ll be removed from the eyes after 7 days.
The doctor or his/her team will provide detailed instructions for the recovery. The instructions will include-
Initially, after PRK eye surgery, the vision will get better than it was before. However, in the upcoming days, the vision might become blurry first and then improve significantly. Many patients also notice an improvement in vision after the removal of the bandage contact lenses.
In general, the vision will take several weeks to stabilize completely. Around 80% of the vision will improve within a month and 95% in the next 3 months.
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