Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
A kind of laser eye surgery designed to change the shape of the cornea to eliminate (or reduce) the need for glasses and contact lenses. The laser is used to remove the outer layer of the cornea and flatten the cornea. The flattening of the cornea is intended to correct myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism (uneven curvature of the cornea that distorts vision). PRK is an ambulatory procedure done in the office with numbing eye drops. It takes about a minute to do and about 3 days to heal. No eye patch need be worn after PRK.

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  • photorefractive keratectomy — pho·to·re·frac·tive keratectomy ri .frak tiv n surgical ablation of part of the corneal surface using an excimer laser in order to correct for myopia abbr. PRK compare RADIAL KERATOTOMY * * * (PRK) see keratectomy * * * …   Medical dictionary

  • photorefractive keratectomy — PRK; see keratectomy …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • photorefractive keratectomy — ▪ surgical method       common surgical method that reshapes the cornea (the transparent membrane covering the front of the eye (eye, human)) to improve vision in patients affected by farsightedness ( hyperopia) or nearsightedness ( myopia). In… …   Universalium

  • PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) — A kind of laser eye surgery designed to change the shape of the cornea to eliminate (or reduce) the need for glasses and contact lenses. The laser is used to remove the outer layer of the cornea and flatten the cornea. The flattening of the… …   Medical dictionary

  • Keratectomy — Removal of part of the cornea. This can be done by surgical excision or by laser. One such laser procedure is PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). * * * An operation done to change the refraction of the cornea; a crescentic piece of corneal stroma… …   Medical dictionary

  • keratectomy — n. an operation in which a part of the cornea is removed, usually a superficial layer. This procedure is now frequently done by an excimer laser, either to correct refractive errors (myopia, hypermetropia), by reshaping the surface of the cornea… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • PRK — could refer to:*Photorefractive keratectomy *ISO 3166 1 alpha 3 code, International Olympic Committee country code, and FIFA country code for North Korea * Port Kent (Amtrak station), New York, United States; Amtrak station code PRK …   Wikipedia

  • PRK — photorefractive keratectomy …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • PRK — • photorefractive keratectomy; • primary rabbit kidney …   Dictionary of medical acronyms & abbreviations

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