LASIK and PRK are both effective procedures for improving your vision and reducing reliance on contacts or eyeglasses. While LASIK is the more popular procedure, PRK can be a better choice for certain patients. LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, M.D., uses PRK and other procedures to serve patients who may not be good LASIK candidates. In this post Dr. Mandel explains the factors to consider when deciding between LASIK and PRK.
Differences between LASIK and PRK
Each laser vision correction procedure uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and allow light to be more sharply focused onto the retina, thereby improving vision. The main difference between LASIK and PRK is that in PRK no corneal flap is created. Instead, the surface cells of the cornea are polished and removed, and the laser is then applied directly to the surface of the cornea. The disadvantage of PRK is that it requires a longer healing time — but it can be the best option for people that are not good candidates for LASIK.
Reasons to Choose PRK
Patients with very thin corneas may be unable to safely undergo the creation of the corneal flap during LASIK. Other abnormalities in the cornea can also make PRK a better option than LASIK. Patients who have high-risk occupations or hobbies where they are likely to incur an eye injury that could damage the healing corneal flap may also prefer to have PRK.
Results for PRK vs. LASIK
Both PRK and LASIK provide the same results for correcting vision. The main difference is that it may take up to four weeks for vision to become clear after PRK. For this reason, many patients elect to have PRK performed on one eye at a time, with the procedures spread three to five weeks apart.
Schedule a One-on-One Consultation
To decide which procedure is best for your unique needs and goals, schedule a consultation with an experienced laser eye surgeon. Mark Mandel, M.D., will use his extensive experience to help you understand all of your options. Schedule your appointment today by calling 877-210-2020 ext. 3.