LASIK vs. PRK

by: Advanced Laser | May 26, 2012

Refractive errors are common vision problems that many people face: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. There are many ways to treat refractive errors, two of the most popular options being LASIK and PRK. When you meet with an eye doctor in Oklahoma City, he or she will be able to tell you which is best for your needs. Let’s take a brief moment to compare the two right now.

About LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK is one of the most popular refractive surgery procedures available today. During the LASIK surgery, eye drops are first placed to numb the eyes and ensure patients feel no pain. Next a surgical laser is used to create a flap in the topmost portion of the cornea (the epithelium). Through this flap, the surgeon is able to reshape the cornea with a safe surgical laser. The flap is then set in place so it can heal.

Who is a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

Ideal candidates for LASIK are at least 18 years old, have had a steady prescription for at least a year, and do not suffer from eye infections. Since a flap must be made in outermost layer of the cornea, it’s important that candidates for surgery have healthy, properly shaped corneas. People with thin or misshapen corneas will best be treated through an alternative refractive surgery such as PRK.

About PRK Surgery

PRK in Oklahoma City was originally a precursor to LASIK surgery, and it’s still a viable option for vision correction today. During PRK, numbing eye drops are used to ensure patients feel no pain. The epithelium is then removed in order for the surgeon to access the cornea. As in LASIK, a safe laser is used to reshape and improve the overall contour of the cornea. During the recovery period, the epithelium will grow back as normal.

Who is a good candidate for PRK surgery?

Ideal candidates for PRK are at least 18 years old, have had a steady prescription for at least a year, and do not suffer from eye infections. Many people who undergo PRK are people who qualify for LASIK but have thin corneas.

Comparing the Recovery Period – LASIK vs. PRK

Since the procedures for LASIK and PRK differ in regard to the corneal flap, there is a difference in healing experience. In general, healing does take a little longer after undergoing PRK, and patients sometimes experience a little more discomfort or itchiness of the eyes. This is still manageable and subsides in time. During your consultation at our Oklahoma City eye care and laser vision correction center, we’ll go over the recovery process in more detail so you understand what is involved.

Which laser eye surgery option is right for me?

This is one of those questions that we cannot answer online. It really requires a consultation so we can evaluate all of your needs as well as your medical history. Whatever the case may be, laser vision correction technology has come a long way and there will be a solution for you and your needs.

Learn More About Vision Correction and Eye Care

If you would like more information about LASIK surgery and PRK surgery, it’s important that you contact our Oklahoma City eye care center today. During a consultation, we will be able to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns in more detail. We look forward to your visit and the discussion that we will have.