Wavefront Guided PRK

Photo-Refractive Keratectomy or PRK in Portland with Dr. Brian Will

Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK is the “original” laser vision correction procedure. The concept behind PRK drove the first wave of laser vision correction procedures in the early 1990s. As a surgical procedure, PRK has continued to be refined and has a place amongst modern vision correction solutions used today. While PRK is used less frequently than LASIK, there are many circumstances where this treatment method is the recommended course of action to supply your personal best vision.

To learn more about PRK in Portland and whether you qualify for this procedure, contact Dr. Will at Will Vision and Laser Center today!


PRK vs. LASIK Vision Correction Surgery

The primary reason why PRK is not used as frequently as LASIK is the slow recovery process. While LASIK patients notice a difference in the quality of their vision within a few hours or a day, healing from PRK can require a week; patients take several days off work for recovery after their surgery, and their vision slowly becomes clear over the following weeks. While both PRK and LASIK use laser technology to treat the cornea, PRK does involve the use of some manual tools, while LASIK can be laser-only and bladeless.

PRK is recommended in specific circumstances for patients who do not otherwise qualify for LASIK-only procedures. Dr. Will carefully examines patients to suggest the procedure that will ensure their personal best vision and a safe procedure with minimal side effects. If patients will not be able to achieve clear vision and improved quality of life with LASIK, PRK bridges the gap and provides the customized treatment necessary. Dr. Will incorporates Wavefront technology to individualize your surgical plan and applies laser energy for effective corneal reshaping.

If you have a question about PRK or LASIK, we welcome you to our office for a personal consultation with Dr. Brian Will.

Dr. Will

Dr. Brian Will is dedicated to quality care and his patients receive the personalized attention and visual results they need and deserve. Dr. Will provides a safe, effective, and accurate approach to patient diagnosis and treatment.

Understanding the PRK Procedure

The PRK technique differs from LASIK in that, before applying the laser to reshape the cornea, the top layer of cells on the cornea (epithelium) is removed. Once these cells have been removed, the laser vision correction process is performed to change the cornea to the desired shape. A medication is then applied to the cornea and is designed to reduce the chance of after-effects, like corneal haze which creates a cloudy appearance. The medication is then rinsed away with a saline solution, and a contact lens is placed to serve as a temporary covering while you heal. The contact lens will stay in the eye continuously until the epithelial layer grows back over the cornea, which typically occurs within three to five days of your procedure.

From a quality-of-vision perspective, there is no fundamental difference in the results delivered by LASIK or PRK. LASIK is not superior to PRK or vice versa. Like LASIK, PRK is used to correct errors in refraction such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. With advanced excimer lasers, like theJohnson and Johnson Vision –VISX Star S4 IR, it is also easy to use PRK to perform Wavefront-guided treatments directed at correcting both simple and complex vision abnormalities.

Your PRK procedure can be completed in as few as 15 minutes if both eyes are being treated – even less if only one eye is being targeted.

Post-Operative Care

During the healing phase, the patient applies anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and lubricating drops into the eyes. Patients are frequently sent home with medication to help with sleep and improve comfort for the first few days postoperatively. Dr. Will ensures you have complete instructions for what to expect immediately after your procedure and in the proceeding days and weeks as healing progresses. Patients are asked to wear the contact lens placed after surgery until Dr. Will clears them to remove it. Your vision will be blurry for several weeks before it begins to clear. Ultimately, the quality of vision will be indistinguishable from LASIK.

Do You Qualify for PRK in Portland?

At Will Vision and Laser Centers, we typically select PRK as an option when a patient’s cornea is not considered thick enough to undergo LASIK surgery. 

However, because we use the iFS Advanced Femtosecond laser, we are able to complete exquisitely precise surgical protocols, so we can often perform LASIK for patients that have been told that they need PRK by surgeons who either don’t have access to advanced technology or have inadequate experience with how to treat patients safely with thin corneas.

In other cases, if a patient is involved in a profession or hobby such as boxing that places the eye at risk for direct trauma, PRK is considered a better option. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for PRK or LASIK is to contact Will Vision and Laser Centers. We are happy to educate our patients on the advantages of treatment methods and unique instances where each procedure is recommended to help patients finally gain freedom from eyeglasses, contacts, and readers.

The Future's Right Before Your Eyes!

If you’re ready to take the next step in your journey to better vision, contact Will Vision & Laser Centers today. We’re excited to welcome you into our practice and for you to “See the Difference.”

High-Technology Treatment Planning with PRK and Wavefront Technology

If you need PRK, we are happy to perform your treatment using our state-of-the-art Wavefront-guided technology. This system accounts for complex abnormalities in vision by creating a 3D treatment guide that personalizes your procedure. In this way, we can help you achieve your personal best vision. The Wavefront-guided PRK technology used at Will Vision and Laser Centers is identical to that used by the US military for soldiers in the Warfighter program. Dr. Will has extensive experience with PRK, having performed these procedures since 1991.

If you are considering LASIK as your preferred surgical option but have been told that you only qualify for PRK, call our office today to learn about how our advanced technology can help you achieve renewed vision clarity with LASIK. While PRK may be your best treatment option in some cases, you shouldn’t have your treatment options limited due to the use of outdated technology or a specialist’s inability to offer the best possible care for your unique needs. Dr. Brian Will and his team invest in their patients’ well-being by investing in modern and effective technology that allows us to cater to a broad range of patients’ needs. This technology combined with Dr. Will’s unmatched skill and experience in his profession provides the highest level of care available for refractive surgery.

Learn More about Photo-Refractive Keratectomy

Dr. Brian Will welcomes patients to visit one of his office locations for a consultation on whether PRK corrective vision treatment will best suit your needs. To schedule an initial appointment with our specialist, call our office today!