What is photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) eye surgery?

Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, is a type of laser eye surgery used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.

All laser vision correction surgeries work by reshaping the cornea, or clear front part of the eye, so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. There are a number of different surgical techniques used to reshape the cornea. During PRK, an eye surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea. This laser, which delivers a pulsing beam of ultraviolet light, is used on the surface of the cornea, not underneath a corneal flap as in LASIK.