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Not Approved for LASIK? Consider PRK

People who want to achieve clear vision without glasses or contact lenses might wonder whether they are candidates for LASIK surgery. However, this form of laser vision correction is not always an option. The great news is that photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, can address refractive errors, like nearsightedness and farsightedness, in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Pahrump, Henderson, and Mesquite, NV.

So, what is PRK surgery, and do you qualify for treatment? The team of doctors at Nevada Eye Physicians can ensure you are fully informed about the procedure and ensure you meet the candidacy requirements for PRK. Attend a comprehensive eye consultation by giving us a call at one of our state-of-the-art offices.

What is PRK surgery?

LASIK and PRK are refractive surgeries designed to improve your eyesight. In LASIK, a doctor creates a flap in the cornea to access the underlying tissue. The cornea is reshaped, then the flap is replaced so it can begin the healing process. So, what is PRK surgery? PRK laser eye surgery involves the removal of the outer layer of the cornea for reshaping. Both procedures change the way light is refracted on the retina so patients can see more clearly in their daily lives.

Conditions that affect your candidacy

All laser vision correction procedures require patients to meet certain qualifications beforehand. Patients need to be at least 18 years old with consistent eyesight for at least one year. It is important to discuss any eye conditions you may have, including glaucoma and cataracts. Even though these may not necessarily exclude you from laser surgery, this allows us to make your treatment as safe and effective as possible.

Patients who are not candidates for traditional LASIK may benefit from PRK. Since PRK laser eye surgery affects the cornea, it is not generally recommended for individuals with severe corneal conditions. If you have mild to moderate issues involving your cornea in Las Vegas, Nevada Eye Physicians can perform an eye examination and give you more detailed information for moving forward.

You may be an ideal candidate for PRK if:

  • You have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism

  • You are interested in reducing your dependency on glasses or contacts

  • Your corneas are too thin for LASIK eye surgery

Your vision consultation

You may have researched your options for laser vision correction online. However, this can cause many patients to assume they are only qualified for one treatment or another. Only a trained ophthalmologist who specializes in refractive surgery can determine whether someone is eligible for LASIK or PRK. Our thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing go above and beyond any other traditional eye clinics in the area. Using our knowledge and test results, we can help you make the best decisions.

Schedule PRK laser eye surgery

No two people have the same vision needs. This is why Nevada Eye Physicians offers a comprehensive approach to eye health. When it comes to something as essential as your eyesight, you want to feel confident that you are choosing the right facility. Contact us to schedule your eye appointment today. We can discuss your lifestyle needs and goals together in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Pahrump, Henderson, and Mesquite, NV.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.