How Is PRK Different From LASIK? 

Are you considering your options for laser vision correction? Many excellent choices are available that can significantly reduce your dependence on contact lenses and glasses. 

In some cases, you may not qualify for LASIK. If you don’t, your eye doctor may recommend PRK instead. 

Continue reading to learn more about PRK and LASIK and how to tell the difference between them!

What Is PRK?

PRK is a type of laser vision correction procedure similar to LASIK. During PRK, or Photorefractive Keratectomy, your eye surgeon uses a special laser to treat vision problems caused by refractive errors.

A refractive error is when your eye doesn’t refract or bend light properly, which affects the quality of your vision. During this quick in-office procedure, your eye doctor will use this special laser to alter the shape of your cornea.

This surgical procedure corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by improving how light rays focus on the retina. It may also reduce or eliminate your need for eyeglasses or contacts.

PRK can be an excellent choice for those who don’t qualify for LASIK or other refractive procedures.

What Is LASIK?

LASIK is also a permanent vision correction procedure intended to improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During this quick office procedure, your LASIK surgeon will reshape your cornea using a special laser.

Before reshaping your cornea, your LASIK surgeon will create a tiny flap in the first layer of your cornea. If your corneas are too thin, your LASIK surgeon will not be able to make a flap.

Thin corneas are commonly a reason why many people do not qualify for this procedure. During your initial consultation, your eye doctor or technician will measure the thickness of your cornea to ensure that it’s thick enough to sustain the creation of a corneal flap. 

If your doctor determines that your corneas are too thin for LASIK, other options are available, such as PRK.

How Are These Procedures Similar?

PRK and LASIK are similar procedures. They both use a laser to change the shape of your cornea and improve or restore your vision. 

Both procedures also treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They are also equally great options for those wanting to reduce dependency on glasses or contacts.

PRK and LASIK are relatively quick procedures performed in your doctor’s office. They take around ten to thirty minutes, and you’ll be able to resume most everyday activities after twenty-four to forty-eight hours of rest.

Why Choose PRK?

Why might you choose PRK over LASIK? PRK is an effective and safe permanent vision correction procedure that can help you accomplish all of your vision goals. 

During your initial consultation, your doctor will determine whether your corneas are thick enough to sustain the corneal flap required for LASIK. If you suffer from dry eyes, PRK may be the better option for you. 

If you have an active lifestyle or job, your eye doctor may recommend you have PRK over LASIK. Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. 

Do you want to determine which procedure is best for you? Schedule an appointment at Vermont Eye Laser in Burlington, VT, today!

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