PRK Laser Eye Surgery

Belinda Newsom
Bachelor of Optometry

Photorefreactive Keratectomy (PRK) is the original excimer eye laser technique, Dr David Kent was the first surgeon to perform it in the South Island in 1997.

This procedure is recommended as an alternative to LASIK or SMILE eye laser for those with a thin cornea; a cornea that does not have a symmetrical shape; or anyone at high risk of eye injury.

The evolution of PRK laser eye surgery with the new personalised, wavefront-guided excimer laser now supercedes the outdated techniques of Epi-LASIK and Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis (LASEK).