PRK in Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Durham, Redmond, Boise, Spokane
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Considered fast, easy, safe, and effective, laser eye surgery is gaining popularity by the minute. Millions of people in the U.S. alone are enjoying the benefits of excellent vision with a decreased need for corrective eyewear. Laser eye surgery is the most sought-after elective medical procedure, and is also considered one of the safest, when completed in a dedicated and experienced facility. Laser eye surgery is the only procedure we perform at Restore Vision Centers.

Restore Vision Centers offers several types of laser vision correction so that every patient can obtain personalized, optimal results. Our Boise, Durham, Seattle and Portland laser eye surgery specialists are leaders in the field, combining extensive experience with unmatched expertise to produce outstanding results.

What is PRK?

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is the original laser vision correction procedure. To perform PRK surgery, the laser eye surgeon first removes the thin corneal covering known as the epithelium. He then reshapes the cornea using the VISX Star 4 laser. The epithelium regenerates in just under a week. PRK entails some short-term, mild pain, but the outcomes are the same as LASIK laser eye surgery. Vision is usually not the clearest at first, but does improve by the end of the week.

To find out if you are a good candidate for PRK, please make an appointment with us. If you live in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Boise or Bend, Idaho; Spokane, Washington; Billings, Montana; Alaska; or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest and are interested in learning more about LASIK laser eye surgery, contact Restore Vision Centers today.

Comparison of Benefits: LASIK vs. PRK

The major differences between LASIK and PRK include:

  • LASIK laser eye surgery offers a wider range of corrections.
  • LASIK allows for rapid visual recovery, while PRK generally does not provide immediate visual clarity.
  • LASIK eye surgery requires fewer post-operative follow-ups than PRK.
  • PRK patients usually experience discomfort for a few days after the procedure, while LASIK laser eye surgery patients experience minimal discomfort, if any.
  • PRK can treat patients who have certain corneal surface problems that might be aggravated by LASIK, and PRK can, at times, treat smaller eyes or thinner corneas more effectively.
  • Both procedures provide excellent results.

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In addition to PRK, the surgeons of Restore Vision Centers offer a range of other refractive procedures. Regarded as foremost Portland / Seattle LASIK eye surgery experts, they also offer the highly customized form of laser eye surgery, wavefront LASIK, in addition to IntraLase technology, which allows for all-laser or blade-free LASIK. In order to deliver the best possible results for all patients, Restore Vision Centers surgeons carefully evaluate each patient prior to recommending the most appropriate procedure. During pre-surgical consultations, they also describe the steps of each procedure and the post-operative care needed to optimize the results.

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