The ophthalmology team at Kirk Eye Center understands the discouragement men and women can suffer who aren't suitable candidates for LASIK. However, we are pleased to provide multiple variations of laser eye surgery, including PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). PRK was the pioneering method of laser vision surgery and has granted perfect vision or better to millions of men and women worldwide. It was used safely and reliably for around ten years until the invention of the LASIK method. We still frequently perform PRK procedures to resolve nearsightedness and farsightedness, especially for those who lack sufficient corneal tissue to receive LASIK. Contact our location in River Forest or Gurnee, IL for your comprehensive PRK assessment.
Am I a Candidate for PRK?
Primarily, PRK is offered to adults at least 18 years of age who want to receive laser vision surgery but don't have thick enough corneal tissue for LASIK. PRK could also be a more practical solution for patients with specific eye diseases. In addition, it can be a safer technique for those who have a higher potential for trauma to the eye as a result of hazardous job conditions or taking part in high-activity recreation. Laser vision correction surgery recipients must have had an unchanging lens prescription for at least a year.
"Great overall experience with my Lasik procedure for both my eyes. Dr. Kirk & the staff were fantastic throughout the entire process. I'm so pumped that I don't have to wear contacts or glasses ever again!"- B.M. / Google / Jun 19, 2020
"I had ICL surgery done on May the 26th ( two weeks ago) and words can't express my gratitude to Dr Kent Kirk, he gave me my vision back. The staff members are so competent. The front desk staff are always welcoming. Joyce Wolter the Surgical Manager is extremely helpful. The staff at the surgery center are very efficient. Dr. Kent Kirk is amazing, extremely professionaI, knowledgeable and friendly. I am so happy with my experience at Kirk Eye Center @ River Forest. Thalia Lopez"- A. / Google / Jun 10, 2021
"I had ICL surgery done two weeks ago and words can’t express my gratitude to Dr Kent Kirk, he gave me my vision back. The staff members are so competent. The front desk staff are always welcoming. Joyce Wolter the Surgical Manager is extremely helpful. The staff at the surgery center are very efficient. Dr. Kent Kirk is amazing, extremely professionaI, knowledgeable and friendly. I am extremely happy with my experience in Kirk Eye Center @ River Forest. Thalia Lopez"- A.G. / Yelp / Jun 09, 2021
"Kirk Eye Center is a wonderful office with absolutely amazing doctors. I have had experiences with a lot of the office staff and most of the doctors that work here and they are as nice as they come. Having a surgery center connected to the main office building is extremely convenient for cataract surgery too!"- L.B. / Google / Jun 08, 2021
"Love the Optical Center at Kirk Eye Center. Great service and personal attention."- M.O. / Google / Jun 03, 2021
EXPECTATIONS WITH prk
Usually, PRK procedures take about 15 minutes per eye. Prior to getting started, our team will completely numb the eye with special eye drops to provide a pain-free procedure. Once the eye is numb, a speculum device will be situated over the eye to keep it from moving. A PRK procedure is very much like LASIK for the first steps. The main difference with PRK is that no corneal flap is made. Instead, the thinnest, outermost layer (the epithelium) of the eye is completely taken off and disposed of so we can correct the curve of the cornea beneath. Afterward, patients are given a protective bandage contact lens to keep the eye safe while it heals.
Following PRK, we advise patients to come back to Kirk Eye Center for 2 – 3 appointments so that your doctor can keep track of the healing progress, look for any unforeseen reactions, and help take care of any discomfort. In comparison to the LASIK technique, PRK entails a lengthier healing period and that may include photophobia (light sensitivity), foreign body sensations in the eye, and severe dry eye. Many people need to wear their specialized healing contacts for about three weeks. However, once the eyes have thoroughly recovered, the acuity improvements will be as good as or better than those of LASIK. Typically, patients are able to get back to their jobs and driving within 7 – 10 days and enjoy their ultimate vision improvement in about 1 – 3 months.
Dependable Vision Correction
As the first approach to laser vision correction, PRK has been enabling men and women to gain improved vision for over two decades. For individuals who were previously informed they weren't good candidates for LASIK, PRK could be the best answer. Reach out to Kirk Eye Center to arrange a consultation so our team can find out whether PRK is the most effective option for you.
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