PRK Candidates

If you wish to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses, but you are not a candidate for LASIK due to having thin corneas, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) may be right for you. Dr. Andrew Holzman can identify PRK candidates at his practice serving the greater Washington, DC, area using sophisticated tools and techniques.

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

Assessing Candidacy

During your initial consultation with Dr. Holzman, he will determine if PRK or another treatment is the best way to achieve your goals. In order to make this decision, he will thoroughly examine your eyes to assess corneal thickness, the size of your pupils, the moistness of your eyes, and the degree of correction you require. He will also review your medical history and current medication intake to check for any conditions that would contraindicate PRK.

You can be assured that Dr. Holzman will not recommend PRK unless he determines that you are an excellent candidate.

Patients who are not good candidates for LASIK are often good candidates for PRK. LASIK requires a certain corneal thickness to facilitate creating a hinged tissue flap in the outer layer of the cornea. If your cornea is too thin to accommodate a flap, PRK may be the recommended alternative.

Meanwhile, patients with large pupils, thin corneas, corneal scars, a history of radial keratotomy, or corneal implants should not have LASIK, but may be candidates for PRK. 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.

Candidacy Criteria

To be a good candidate for PRK, you should:

  • Be over 18 years of age to ensure that your eyes have matured and developed properly.
  • Have stable vision for at least a year.
  • Not be taking medication such as Imitrex®, Accutane®, Cordorone®, or any steroids because they can interfere with healing processes.
  • Have no abnormalities of the external eye or cornea. Patients who have or are at risk for keratoconus, for example, should not undergo PRK.
  • Have no allergies to local anesthesia, since your eyes will be numbed before surgery.
  • Not have an autoimmune disease or immunodeficiency, which can interfere with proper healing.
  • Not have diabetes or arthritis.
  • Not be predisposed to keloids, which is irregular or excessive scarring at the surgical site.
  • Not have collagen vascular disease, since it can lead to corneal ulceration.
  • Not have glaucoma.
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding.

Dr. Holzman has performed over 70,000 vision correction procedures with life-changing outcomes. You can be assured that he will not recommend PRK unless he determines that you are an excellent candidate.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Holzman believes your vision is invaluable, and he will take every measure to ensure that you are recommended the right procedure to help you see your world in the best possible clarity. To find out if you are a candidate for PRK, contact our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Holzman.

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 D.C. 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

To schedule a consultation at one of our five locations, please fill out our online form or give us a call at (703) 556-9155.

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