Eye Clinic of Austin uses advanced all-laser techniques for refractive eye surgery. Dr. Farhan A. Irshad uses WaveLight® laser technology to provide improved outcomes in visual quality and faster, less painful healing following PRK (Photorefractive keratectomy).

What is PRK?

With the latest advances in LASIK technology, more than 90% of people who wear glasses or contacts can achieve excellent vision through LASIK. However, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK, due to thin corneas or other corneal conditions. We may recommend PRK for these patients instead.

The first step in LASIK is creating a corneal flap, so that laser treatment can be applied to the inner layer of the cornea. With PRK, there is no flap created, usually because the cornea is too thin to complete this step. Instead, our surgeon will reshape the cornea by applying laser treatment to the cornea’s outer surface .

Recovery & Aftercare

The visual outcomes of PRK are equivalent to LASIK, however the main difference lies in longer recovery times and for some patients, increased discomfort during the initial healing process. Our surgeon will advise you at the time of your free LASIK Consultation if PRK is recommended for correcting your vision.


Eye Clinic of Austin offers CareCredit, a way to make eye surgery more affordable, including no-interest payments for up to 24 months. Learn more about PRK payment options.

Awards & Recognition


Cataract Surgery Patient 7

“He has the best bedside manner, his staff is wonderful, and I’m so glad I did it with him — he’s great.”

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Cataract Surgery Patient 6

“The surgery was miraculous! I mean, as soon as he was through, I could already see better. I just can’t say it enough — I’m so happy with it.”

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Cataract Surgery Patient 5

“When I got the surgery, even as my eyes were healing, I noticed things were very vivid, very clear.”

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Cataract Surgery Patient 4

“The surgery with Dr. Irshad was like nothing. It was over so quickly! I didn’t have to do anything except just lay there and it was really easy.”

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Cataract Surgery Patient 3

“Your eyes are pretty precious and you have to trust the people that are going to be working on them, and definitely the group here is great.”

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Cataract Surgery Patient

“My vision is totally clear. I can see everything. Everything is just plain as day... It was effortless. Everything went so smoothly.”

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Cataract Surgery Patient 2

"The whole world is a lot crisper and clearer and more beautiful to me right now... The whole practice is just professional and wonderful to deal with and completely gave me confidence. I’ve sent a few people over here already. I rave about this place."

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