Hollingshead Eye Center

208.336.8700
360 East Mallard Dr., Suite 110
Boise, Idaho 83706

Photorefractive Keratectomy

PRK was the first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction and is the predecessor to the popular LASIK procedure.  In PRK, an excimer laser gently sculpts the surface of the cornea to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

Who is a good candidate for PRK?

While LASIK has become very popular for vision correction surgery, PRK continues to be an excellent alternative in some circumstances. Both LASIK and PRK use the same laser to reshape the cornea to properly refocus light onto the retina for clear vision. Our patients who have thin corneas, who have had previous refractive surgery, or who are not a good LASIK candidate for various other reasons can also enjoy freedom from glasses by having PRK.

How is PRK different from LASIK?

PRK is a procedure which is performed on the surface of the cornea, whereas LASIK is performed under a thin flap generated by a femtosecond laser. The results and procedure times are similar for the two procedures but PRK takes a bit longer to recover.

In PRK, the thin outer layer of the cornea is brushed away prior to reshaping with the excimer laser. This layer then regenerates itself over several days. The final outcome is very similar for both procedures.  PRK patients will have a steady and gradual improvement in their vision over several weeks. For certain patients, it allows them to enjoy all the benefits of LASIK with an effective procedure.

Is LASIK or PRK right for me?

We change people's lives by restoring their vision. The best way to determine your candidacy for laser vision correction is to call or click to request a complimentary consultation** with one of our physicians. Dr. Hollingshead and Dr. Barret have the experience and skill to determine which procedure is best suited for your eyes.  PRK may be the optimum procedure to obtain your best possible vision.

** certain restrictions may apply