PRK: Q&AAsk a Question
What Are the Long Term Side Effects of a PRK Eye Operation?
3 Doctor Answers | Asked by anon
The Long Term Side Effects of PRK
I feel I can address this question very well, since I had PRK on both of my eyes in 1994! My prescription was about a -5.00, so on the moderate scale of things, though the laser systems in place at that time were pretty rudimentary compared to today. I can say nothing but positive things about my PRK surgical experience, as well as my long term results. I have had no regression of effect of PRK, though we did see that in a small group of patients with the early lasers. Regression using the...
Long Term Side Effects of PRK
We have been performing PRK for 25 years, so there is a wealth of long-term follow-up information based on actual patients. PRK does not leave a flap and because of that the long term side effects are very few. The major long term risk is that you will regress and become myopic again. This happens in 2-5% of patients. Patients seldom regress all the way to their previous prescription, but some do require a touch up. Some patients experience an increase...
PRK is great even over the long term
The first laser procedures done were PRK and even those early patients are doing well today. The risk from PRK is lower than with LASIK for a variety of reasons including no potential flap problems and less intrusion in to the eye with the laser decreasing the chance for long-term ectasia.