In New York City

PRK is also known as LASEK (pronounced LAS-ECK), epi-LASIK, and surface ablation


"I did qualify for PRK. Dr. Rapoport was fantastic. I could not recommend a better eye surgeon. "

MJ / New York



Why PRK Surgery (Photorefractive Keratectomy)?

If you are not a good candidate for LASIK you may be a candidate for a procedure known as photorefractive keratectomy or PRK. PRK offers the same visual outcomes as LASIK and has dramatically improved the vision of millions of people who were unable to have LASIK.

What Is It?

PRK surgery is similar to LASIK but does not require the creation of a corneal flap. Instead, the epithelium (the top layer) is first removed. The laser, which has been preprogrammed with information from your specific measurements, then reshapes the cornea by gently removing the epithelial tissue on the exposed cornea. A drop called mitomycin C is placed onto the cornea for a brief time to prevent postoperative haze (cloudiness). A bandage contact lens is then placed over the eye and is removed in the office at three to seven days once the top layer has healed. PRK has a longer recovery period than LASIK, of up to 30 days. The final postoperative visual outcome is the same for LASIK and PRK.  The major advantage of PRK is that it retains the structure of the corneal dome. You can think of PRK as LASIK without the flap.
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What's the History of PRK?

First introduced in 1987, PRK was approved by the U.S. FDA in 1995. No microkeratome is used to create a corneal flap. Instead, the eye surgeon uses the laser to reshape the cornea one microscopic layer at a time. As public awareness of LASIK grew, PRK lost popularity because of the greater comfort and faster recovery of vision offered by LASIK.
Over the past decade, a newer generation of excimer lasers and more refined techniques have reduced the risks of PRK. Today PRK patients have an easier recovery. This has made PRK a viable option for many patients whose needs would not be met by LASIK.

Who is a PRK Candidate?

Most people who are candidates for LASIK are also candidates for PRK. The PRK procedure is an especially good fit for people with mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. Individuals with thin corneas may be better candidates for PRK than for LASIK. As with any laser surgery, your corneas should be healthy and your vision should be stable for at least a year prior to the procedure. Also, except in certain situations, you need to be at least eighteen years of age to undergo this procedure.

Who is Not a Candidate for PRK?

Anyone with an active outbreak of herpes simplex of the eye cannot have PRK. If you go six months without a recurrence of it, some doctors will do PR, giving you prophylactic medications before and after the procedure to lower the risk of a herpes simplex recurrence during recovery.
In general, pregnant women should avoid PRK and all vision correction procedures because pregnancy sometimes destabilizes one’s prescription during the third trimester. If your pregnancy is in an early stage and your vision hasn’t changed, you may be able to have PRK.
If you suffer from any major medical conditions, for example, diabetes, or an autoimmune disease such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, it does not automatically disqualify you for PRK. You can talk with us about taking some specific steps to make PRK as safe as possible for you.

How to Prepare for PRK Surgery?

To give your eyes time to return to their natural shape and thus allow for more accurate vision correction, we will ask you not to wear contact lenses for up to a week before the date of your eye measurements. If you wear rigid, gas-permeable contact lenses, we may ask that you not wear them for up to three weeks before your measurements, for the same reason.
Whether to treat both eyes the same day or to treat each eye on different days is a decision you and Dr. Rapoport can make together. Because the return of functional vision is delayed after PRK, some surgeons prefer to wait at least a week before treating the second eye. The main drawback of that is the inconvenience of going through two recovery periods, each 24 to 48 hours of pain or discomfort and with postoperative office visits.
Travel arrangements following PRK surgery are necessary, as you will be given a mild sedative prior to surgery.



PRK Surgery with Dr. Rapoport in NYC

At Manhattan Eye, we perform customized imaging and testing to ensure you have the safest and most precise treatment. Additionally, a very in-depth discussion is held regarding possible treatments, depending on what your lifestyle requires. Dr. Rapoport brings her expertise on the IntraLase laser and VISX as well as the latest technology in custom laser correction to create an customized plan for each individual patient.