PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, has been used in the United States since 1995 to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. Due to medical issues such as thin corneas, certain patients are not suitable candidates for LASIK but have excellent results with PRK. The procedure uses anesthetic eye drops and takes only a few minutes. During PRK, the top layer of the cornea is removed to expose the cornea’s mid-section, or stroma. Then, in a manner identical to that of the LASIK procedure, a computer-controlled excimer laser vaporizes specific corneal tissue using bursts of ultraviolet light. Patients typically experience some discomfort for one to two days after the procedure while the cornea’s top layer regenerates. The visual outcomes of PRK are generally as good as the results from LASIK.

For more information about PRK or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kaufman, please contact the North Georgia Eye Clinic today.

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Our PRK Refractive Surgeon

Matthew B. Kaufman, M.D.Cataract Surgeon, Refractive Surgeon, Ophthalmologist
Locations: Cumming, Hamilton Mill & Gainesville

Matthew B. Kaufman, M.D., a leading ophthalmologist in Northern Georgia, is the director of refractive surgery at North Georgia Eye Clinic. Fellowship-trained to sub-specialize in LASIK and refractive surgery, corneal disorders and treatments, and cataract surgery, Dr. Kaufman received his education and training from some of the most advanced medical facilities in the nation. He graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University; following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Dr. Kaufman enrolled in the Vanderbilt University Medical School and received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Dr. Kaufman completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a residency in ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During his residency, he was Baylor’s first resident physician ever to perform LASIK surgery. Dr. Kaufman elected to further his training by accepting a fellowship in cornea, anterior segment, and refractive surgery at the University of California. While in California, he had the privilege to train directly with Dr. Peter McDonnell, the current chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, widely regarded as the premier ophthalmology program in the world. Dr. Kaufman has served as a clinical instructor at the University of California and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, California. He was also a faculty instructor for the University of California Residency Microsurgery Course.

Dr. Kaufman has published articles in several medical journals, with topics including LASIK and cataract surgery. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors throughout his professional and academic careers. These honors include a fellowship with Diabetes Research and Training Center at Vanderbilt University, the Phi Beta Kappa award, membership in the College Scholars Program, and membership in the Mortar Board Honor Society. Dr. Kaufman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology. He is board-certified in ophthalmology and his hospital affiliations include Northside Hospital and North Georgia Eye Surgery Center.

Jeffrey Payne, MD