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LASIK vs PRK



Another type of corneal refractive surgery is called PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). PRK is the original laser vision correction procedure. With PRK, the first layer of the cornea, the epithelium, is removed. The cornea is reshaped with the laser. It differs from LASIK in that no flap is made. After the procedure, a bandage contact lens is used to improve the healing process. It usually take longer for the vision to stabilize after PRK than Lasik. There are many surgeons who are now using PRK instead of Lasik because of potential problems from the flap formation with the LASIK procedure. Some people are better suited for the PRK procedure due to a thin or irregular cornea.

Comparison of Benefits: LASIK vs. PRK

The major differences between LASIK and PRK include:

  • LASIK allows for rapid visual recovery, while PRK generally does not provide immediate visual clarity.
  • LASIK eye surgery requires fewer post-operative follow-ups than PRK.
  • PRK patients usually experience discomfort for a few days after the procedure, while LASIK laser eye surgery patients experience minimal discomfort, if any.
  • PRK can treat patients who have certain corneal surface problems that might be aggravated by LASIK, and PRK can, at times, treat smaller eyes or thinner corneas more effectively.
  • Both procedures provide excellent results.

Each of these procedures has different benefits and risks, and each is designed for a different group of people based on the type and degree of the refractive error. If you have been told that you are not a candidate for laser vision correction, this may no longer be the case with the new treatments that are available.

If you are 18 years and older, nearsighted, astigmastic,or farsighted, you may be a candidate for the iLasik or PRK procedure. Millions of people worldwide have had this treatment and over one million Americans per year are choosing to have the Lasik procedure. We offer complimentary screenings to determine if the iLasik procedure would be beneficial for you. During the consultation we will also discuss how you can achieve your best personal vision with contact lenses, glasses, or with iLASIK and PRK.

 

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