The PRK Procedure

PRK, also known as photorefractive keratectomy, is a specific type of laser vision correction that uses a slightly different method to prepare the cornea for correction with the excimer laser. It is a method that a small percentage of our patients require due to anatomy or prefer based on their chosen profession or lifestyle. We use the same advanced excimer laser technology for PRK that we use for LASIK.  PRK has a longer healing time compared with iLASIK, but the visual outcome is the same in the long run.  



The process begins during your pre-exam with the iDesign Refractive Studio. iDesign is the first and only topo-integrated, wavefront guided technology used to create a personalized treatment plans. This important step allows us to map your eyes from the inside out for truly customized correction. Contact lenses should be out for at least 2 weeks prior to this exam. 


This step is what differentiates PRK from iLASIK. During this part of the procedure, a solution is used to remove the top layer of the cornea called the epithelium. By using this method the flap is taken out of the equation and the middle layer of the cornea is exposed for treatment. 


 The excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea. The precise reshaping of your cornea takes approximately 30 seconds or less per eye for most patients. The healing process occurs more slowly than with the iLASIK procedure, but the visual results are the same.

PRK Pricing

Achieving your personal best vision depends on many factors including the technology available to you. We invest in the best technology available, and only the best technology, because we are invested in your vision and improving your view for the rest of your life.

Pre-Exam $290

Please discontinue contact lens use at least two weeks prior to your exam. Dilation is necessary during the exam and will cause light sensitivity and blurry near vision for a few hours. Pricing may change if you are sent as a referral and are planning on co-managing with your regular optometrist.  

PRK $2399 per eye

The cost of surgery includes post-operative care. With PRK, it takes a little longer to heal so we anticipate seeing you after surgery at 1 day, 4 days, 1 week, 1 month and 3 months with additional visits as needed.   If you should need additional treatment and it is medically safe to perform, the cost of surgery will cover enhancements for up to two years. This does not include annual exams. 

Financing Options

CareCredit financing plans are available to suit all budgets. We offer NO INTEREST plans for 6 months, 12 months, 18 months or 24 months on approved credit. That’s up to two years NO INTEREST financing if paid in full within the promotional period.

Can I Use My HSA or FSA? 
YES! Your Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account can be used to pay for PRK. This can be a great payment option because the money available in your HSA or FSA are pre-tax dollars. This means that you could save even more than with financing or paying out-of-pocket.
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