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Forgo the contacts or glasses. With PRK, clear vision is an outpatient procedure away from ditching bad vision.

PRK, the first type of laser eye surgery, is performed by mid-Missouri’s most experienced team, giving you the clear vision you want with a team you can trust.

What is PRK?

PRK is a refractive surgery that is intended to reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts. The surgery uses a laser to re-shape the cornea in a way that properly focuses light in the eye. 

This procedure uses the same laser and treatment patterns as LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) to offer similar visual outcomes, but has several key differences. 

PRK avoids the use of a corneal flap by applying the treatment directly to the surface of the eye. Because there isn’t a surgical flap involved, PRK might be better for certain patients, including those who:

  • Have dry eyes
  • Are active or susceptible to an eye injury at work
  • Have thinner or irregularly shaped corneas

The surgery itself takes about five to 10 minutes per eye, but the laser procedure portion only takes about 10 seconds. It is considered an outpatient procedure, so you will need a ride home later that day. No follow-up procedures are required. However, we will check in with you the day after your procedure and at least two other times to ensure your eyes are healing properly.

If you need adjustments to improve your vision further, free revisions are offered for up to one year, and at a reduced rate after the first year.

Is PRK right for you?

Call to schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists to find out if PRK surgery is an option for you. We offer a free consultation to patients interested in PRK surgery. Because PRK is considered elective surgery, insurance companies do not currently cover the costs. MU Health Care employees receive a discount.

Other laser eye surgery we offer

Our experienced surgeons use a number of techniques to improve your vision. We can help you decide on the procedure that is right for you based on your specific eye conditions and lifestyle.

LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis)

During LASEK surgery, your surgeon uses an alcohol solution to loosen the surface layer of the cornea before applying the laser. Your surgeon rolls back the surface cells, uses the laser to reshape your cornea, and then recovers the area with the surface cells.