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We have received a number of questions lately about PRK, a highly effective laser eye surgery often performed as an alternative to LASIK. Let’s take a moment to consider the effectiveness of PRK as well as patient satisfaction rates regarding the results.
How PRK Differs from LASIK
Let’s look at how the two surgeries are performed.
During LASIK, a flap is created in the topmost portion of the cornea, which is the clear, frontal portion of the eye. The flap is lifted and a laser is used to alter the shape of the cornea, improving the passage of light through the eye. The flap is set down once the laser reshaping is completed.
During PRK, the topmost portion of the cornea is removed. No flap is created. A laser is then used to reshape the cornea much like the LASIK procedure. The epithelium (that topmost portion of the cornea) will grow back naturally as the patient heals.
Why PRK rather than LASIK surgery?
PRK is an ideal option for patients who have thin or irregularly shaped corneas that prevent them from undergoing the LASIK procedure. Your eye surgeon may also find other compelling reasons why PRK may be better suited for your vision needs than LASIK surgery, but corneal shape and thickness are the most common reason that PRK is recommended.
The Success Rates of PRK Surgery
PRK is highly successful at treating refractive errors, which you may know better as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Studies of PRK patients have found that 70 percent achieve 20/20 vision or better; 92 percent will achieve 20/40 vision or better. Overall, the vast majority of patients will no longer require glasses or contact lenses in order to see clearly.
Patient Satisfaction and PRK Surgery
Patients who undergo PRK are very satisfied with the results of the procedure. As noted above, PRK can eliminate dependence on glasses and contacts for the vast majority of people, which means a positive overall experience for PRK patients.
How does PRK success compare to LASIK success?
The success rates of PRK are comparable to the success rates of LASIK. In fact, patient satisfaction rates are also very similar, proving PRK to be a viable alternative to LASIK for patients.
The Overall Results of PRK Surgery
In all, the results of PRK surgery are exceptional and long-lasting, giving patients who experience refractive errors the ability to see well and see clearly. PRK is particularly good for people whose occupations or hobbies would be hindered in some fashion by wearing glasses or contacts.
Is PRK surgery right for me?
In order to find out if PRK is an ideal treatment option for you, it’s important that you speak with a laser eye surgeon about all of your treatment options. This will allow you to find out about all procedures that may prove useful and helpful to you.
Schedule a Consultation at Advanced Laser Center of Oklahoma
To learn more about PRK and your many other options for seeing clearly without corrective lenses, be sure to contact our eye care and vision correction center today. The team here at Advanced Laser Center of Oklahoma looks forward to your visit and helping you have the healthiest eyes and best eyesight possible.