PRK Candidates

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) allows patients to experience excellent vision without prescription glasses and contact lenses.

Assessing PRK candidacy is similar to determining if someone is a good candidate for LASIK. We take time to consider many factors.

Do you qualify for PRK with Dr. Andrew E. Holzman?

Say Goodbye to Glasses

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If you are not a LASIK candidate, but you wish to reduce your need for glasses, PRK surgery may be right for you.

PRK as a LASIK Alternative Weighing Vision Correction Options

Many PRK patients undergo the procedure because they are poor candidates for LASIK. In addition to the general criteria above, Dr. Holzman will consider these factors.

Corneas Too Thin for LASIK

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PRK is ideal for people with thin corneas. Rather than creating a corneal flap as in LASIK, PRK involves the removal of the epithelial layer of the cornea. The epithelium will naturally heal and reform on its own during recovery.

Preventing Flap Complications

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Patients who participate in contact sports or have jobs that may subject them to eye injuries may not be good candidates for LASIK due to the possibility of flap complications. These patients may be better candidates for PRK.

Poor Candidates for PRK Surgery

Currently Pregnant or Nursing

Women who are currently pregnant or nursing will need to wait to undergo PRK surgery. We'll offer insight into timing during the consultation process.

Suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye is a common side effect of PRK and LASIK. People with dry eye syndrome should not undergo refractive surgery to prevent exacerbating the condition.

Keratoconus and Eye Abnormalities

Keratoconus causes the cornea to become progressively thinner, altering eye shape. This and other corneal abnormalities prevent someone from undergoing PRK.

Eye Problems and Health Issues

Many vision and medical conditions prevent people from undergoing PRK, including glaucoma, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and collagen vascular disease.

Use of Certain Medications

Drugs such as Imitrex®, Accutane®, Cordarone®, and steroids interfere with the healing process. PRK should only be performed after discontinued medication use.

5-Star Laser Vision Correction by an Experienced Eye Surgeon


Rick Cockrill


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Had my surgery Wednesday and was immediately seeing so much better. As they say, the first 48 hours it fluctuates, bit no pain nor discomfort and my vision is stabilizing with amazing clarity! Dr. Holzman kept me cool, calm, and collected the whole time, and it was so fast you wouldn't even know it happened. Very appreciative I finally went ahead and did it!

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Stacy Mayville


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I have been wearing glasses/contacts for over 27 years and have been debating on LASIK for quite some time until listening to my husband after he went for his consult. Then he showed me Dr. Holzman's web site and I knew I would be in safe hands and have no worries. The whole staff knew what they were talking about and very friendly with loads of expertise. I knew if I truly wasn't a candidate they would let me know. I then knew they weren't in it for the money. They just wanted to do the right thing for the patient. They recommended me for the PRK instead of LASIK. My healing process has been a little longer but each day is getting better and the hassle of no glasses or contacts is well worth it. Everything they have told me to expect have been true to their every word and to have patience. They give you the drops for a reason. I highly recommend their office!

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Dr. Andrew Holzman

Andrew E. Holzman, MD, FACS

Andrew E. Holzman, MD, FACS, is one of the most well-respected ophthalmologists in the greater Washington, DC, area. He is regularly sought out by professional athletes, media personalities, and other doctors for laser eye surgery. Dr. Holzman is a member of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • The American Medical Association
  • The International Society of Refractive Surgery

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