Tired of depending on expensive contact lenses and cumbersome glasses in order to see clearly?
PRK laser eye surgery, or photorefractive keratectomy, can sharpen your vision and make prescription eyewear unnecessary.
Learn why Dr. Bruce Cohen of Cohen Eye Associates, Limited in St. Louis, MO, is the best ophthalmologist to perform your PRK procedure...
Why Choose Our Doctor for PRK?
Dr. Cohen is an esteemed eye surgeon who has provided superior, comprehensive eye care to St. Louis patients for over 40 years.
Our surgeon offers financing through CareCredit® to make PRK out-of-pocket costs more affordable. PRK is usually not covered by insurance.
Dr. Cohen uses the Visx Custom Wavefront Laser for unparalleled accuracy. This tool also allows us to precisely customize your surgery.
How Does PRK Work?
- Dr. Cohen, our experienced surgeon, will use a Visx Custom Wavefront Laser to reshape your cornea during a short outpatient procedure. This is performed at our state-of-the-art St. Louis, MO, practice.
- PRK helps light rays that enter your eye focus more effectively on the surface of the retina, reducing or eliminating distorted vision.
- The end result is sharper, clearer eyesight that may make contact lenses or prescription glasses a thing of your past. Contact our St. Louis, MO, office for a consultation with our doctors to learn more.
Are Most Patients Happy with the Results?
Recent studies, overseen by the FDA, show that 95 percent of PRK patients enjoy post-operative vision of at least 20/40. This is the vision requirement for driving without corrective lenses in most states.
Want more proof? Check out the high percentage of satisfied PRK patients stated in this study by Cureus:
Studies also show that 94 percent of PRK patients experience improved vision as long as 12 years after surgery.
5 Stars for Dr. Bruce Cohen
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Why PRK Instead of LASIK?
Dr. Cohen will go over all your refractive surgery options during your initial consultation. PRK is generally recommended for:
Patients with Thin Corneas
Although both LASIK and PRK achieve the same vision-improving results, Dr. Cohen's patients with thinner corneas may not be good candidates for LASIK. Here's why:
LASIK requires a closable flap to be made in the top layer of the cornea so the excimer laser can reshape the eye tissue below. A thin cornea may make creating this flap difficult. PRK does not require a corneal flap. For this reason, PRK can be an effective alternative for patients who are not eligible for LASIK eye surgery.
Patients with Active Lifestyles
Certain hobbies, such as boxing and surfing, can put you at higher risk of injuring the eye. Patients with active lifestyles who choose LASIK have an increased risk of the flap becoming dislodged and other complications. For these patients, PRK is typically a safer choice. Members of the military and similar occupations might also decide PRK is a better fit for this reason.
A Look at the Procedure
The PRK Timeline
PRK can be completed in about 15 minutes.
PRK patients will have blurry vision for about a week until the top corneal layer grows back. This is because, unlike LASIK, PRK does not leave a protective flap over the cornea.
Fully stabilized vision will be achieved in about a month. You may experience some mild pain after surgery, so Dr. Cohen will prescribe pain medications to relieve discomfort.