While many people can benefit from LASIK surgery, others are not good candidates for this procedure. Those who have certain disorders affecting the cornea may not be able to undergo LASIK, but could be a candidate for PRK surgery instead. PRK stands for photorefractive keratectomy, and is available at Gotham Lasik for those who live in New York and Manhattan.

PRK was actually the first laser procedure developed in the United States. It differs from LASIK surgery in that the entire procedure is done via laser beam, whereas other surgeries require small incisions. This makes it ideal for patients with very thin corneas, scar tissue, irregular shaped corneas or corneal dystrophies, because all of these conditions can prevent a surgeon from making an incision in that area.

Before having PRK surgery, patients will need to have a thorough exam performed by one of the doctors at Gotham Lasik . Part of this eye exam involves using a computer to make a detailed map of the eye. Patients will also be checked to make sure there are no underlying diseases of the cornea that could cause complications during this procedure.

How it’s performed

A small device is placed inside the eye to help keep it open while the surgery is taking place. Anesthetic eye drops are then placed in the eyes so that individual will not feel any pain. Once the eye begins to feel numb, Dr. Bonanni will use the laser to gently remove the thin protective coating of the cornea. After doing so, a computer-assisted laser beam will be used to shape the cornea into precisely the right dimensions, since this is what helps to improve vision. It takes around 30 to 60 seconds to complete this surgery on each eye.

After the surgery is complete, the eyelid holder will be removed and then a special contact lens that contains a bandage is placed inside the eye. If both eyes need correction, the procedure is then repeated on the other eye; however, many people elect to have two separate procedures performed because there are fewer side effects present when doing so.

The Recovery Process

Patients are unable to drive or operate machinery for a few days after having PRK surgery. They might also find it difficult to read or use a computer during this time. As a result, Dr. Bonanni normally suggests they take a few days off from work in order to fully recover.

Eyes may be sensitive to light for up to a week after PRK surgery. Some people report feeling as though there is a foreign body floating inside the eyelid. Antibacterial eyes drops need to be used for a short period after this surgery in order to prevent infection from setting in. Anti-inflammatory drops will need to be taken for up to two months following the procedure.


Many people are able to have their vision corrected to 20/20 after having PRK surgery. Those who still require glasses usually need a much weaker prescription or might only need to wear glasses when reading. Vision gradually improves after having this procedure performed, with optimum results being noticed around six months afterwards.

Many people believe that because they are not a candidate for LASIK surgery, there are no options available when it comes to improving their vision. This is not the case, as PRK surgery has helped thousands of people improve their vision over the years. For a free consultation to discuss this procedure, those in New York or Manhattan can call Gotham Lasik at 212-581-1280.