Which is right for me: LASIK or PRK (ASA)?


LASIK is the most popular form of vision correction surgery, and can significantly reduce refractive errors by reshaping the cornea with a laser. However, PRK (photo refractive keratectomy) was actually the first method of laser eye surgery, and still provides some distinctive advantages depending upon the patient.

Though both LASIK and PRK use a laser to reshape the cornea to reduce refractive errors and vision disorders, the technique is slightly different. During LASIK surgery, the eye doctor creates a corneal flap in order to recontour the cornea. PRK surgery involves the removal of the outermost layer of the cornea rather than creating a flap. Both methods of laser vision correction have proven effective, and the outcomes are typically similar.

In regard to recovery, PRK entails slightly more downtime and the final results of the procedure may not be evident for a few weeks. However, not all patients who desire laser vision correction are good candidates for LASIK. For example, patients with very thin corneas, curved corneas, or chronic dry eye may not be eligible for LASIK surgery, in which case PRK can serve as an effective LASIK alternative.

To schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons and discover which method of laser vision correction is best suited for your unique needs, please contact our office today.

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