Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

Your Effective Alternative to LASIK Surgery

What is PRK?

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is an effective laser eye surgery that caters to a broader range of individuals, making the dream of visual clarity a reality for those with thin corneas or unique corneal irregularities. This sophisticated refractive surgery uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and address common refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.

Lexy prepping a patient for LASIK.

Say Goodbye to Contact Lenses & Glasses

PRK is a personalized and reliable choice for those ready to see the world with unparalleled clarity. Our PRK solution offers:

Tailored Solutions for Unique Visual Needs

No more one-size-fits-all. PRK goes beyond standard laser eye surgeries, offering a tailored approach to fix your specific vision issues. Your vision is as unique as you are, and with PRK, we make sure the solution is crafted just for you.

A Safer Path to Visual Freedom

For individuals with thinner corneal tissue, creating a corneal flap during traditional LASIK may pose potential risks. If you’re worried about thin corneas, PRK can provide a safer path. Unlike LASIK, there’s no flap creation, making the journey to clear vision safer for you. It’s about choosing what aligns with your unique needs ensuring your peace of mind throughout the process.

No More Ups and Downs

PRK is a solid choice if your prescription tends to play tricks on you. Reshaping the cornea without a flap not only gives you immediate results but promises stable vision in the long run. Choose reliability with PRK, and say goodbye to the uncertainties that come with traditional methods.

Getting Started

Comprehensive Consultation

Begin your PRK journey with a thorough consultation, assessing your eye health, prescription stability, and candidacy for the procedure.

Personalized Treatment Plan

Based on consultation findings, a customized PRK plan is crafted to align with your unique vision correction needs.

Prcoedure Day

Experience the precision of advanced laser technology reshaping the cornea’s surface, providing remarkable results.

Post-Surgery Care

Receive attentive post-surgery care, ensuring a smooth recovery process with the support of your local surgeon.

Dr. Penick performing an eye exam on a patient.


While recovery periods can vary, many patients find themselves able to resume normal activities within a few days after PRK. The initial healing process may involve some discomfort and blurred vision, but our attentive post-surgery care, combined with the use of a protective contact lens, ensures a smooth recovery process. Our local expert is readily accessible for any post-surgery queries or concerns, providing the necessary support throughout your healing journey.

The PRK procedure is generally painless, as numbing eye drops are applied to ensure your comfort. However, it’s normal to experience some discomfort, light sensitivity, and blurred vision in the initial days following the surgery. These effects are temporary, and our team at Central Arkansas LASIK takes measures to manage any discomfort, ensuring a positive and manageable experience.

PRK and LASIK are both laser eye surgeries designed to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors. The key difference lies in the initial steps of the procedures. While LASIK involves the creation of a corneal flap, PRK gently removes the outer corneal layer, exposing the underlying tissue for laser reshaping. The absence of a corneal flap in PRK makes it a preferred choice for individuals with thinner corneas or specific corneal irregularities.

Absolutely. PRK is an effective procedure for correcting astigmatism, along with other common refractive errors such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. The personalized treatment plan crafted during your consultation at Central Arkansas LASIK addresses your specific vision correction needs, ensuring comprehensive correction of astigmatism for a clearer and more precise visual experience.

The timeline for vision improvement varies among individuals. While some may experience noticeable improvements shortly after the procedure, others may take a bit longer. It’s common for vision to stabilize over the first few weeks to months. Your post-surgery care at Central Arkansas LASIK includes regular follow-ups to monitor your progress and ensure optimal outcomes in your journey to enhanced vision.

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