PRK or LASIK: Know your Options
Laser eye surgery is one of the most effective surgical treatments for vision correction, and here at Nationwide Vision we are experts in providing the utmost care when it comes to each and every procedure we perform. Lately, there’s been a lot of discussion about the differences when it comes to photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) versus LASIK.
At Nationwide Vision, we pride ourselves in educating our patients about every facet of this type of elective surgery. Let’s take a deeper look so that you have all the information you need to make a wise decision.
During LASIK surgery the expert surgeon at Nationwide Vision makes an incision (with either a laser or a blade) in the cornea of your eye to create a flap of tissue. This flap is then lifted and your surgeon, using a technologically advanced computer-controlled laser, skillfully reshapes the inner layers of the cornea to repair imperfections in the curvature that lead to distorted vision. The flap is put back in place and heals within days.
During a PRK procedure our board-certified surgeon does not create a flap of corneal tissue – rather the outer layer of the cornea is removed and a laser is used to reshape the layers of the cornea to repair imperfections. This makes PRK a better choice for a number of our patients who meet certain criteria – such as having thin corneas or chronically dry eyes.
Another difference between PRK and LASIK is the recovery time. With PRK, the recovery takes a little longer than LASIK because the outer layer of the cornea needs time to heal.
If you choose to have PRK performed on your eyes, your Nationwide Vision doctor will prescribe eye drops (antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops) to promote healing and to reduce discomfort after eye surgery. PRK patients can expect it to take up to three days for the discomfort, blurring and other post-surgical effects to subside, and it will take up to six months for vision to reach absolute peak clarity.
With LASIK the recovery is much faster. Each case varies, but the discomfort after LASIK surgery is usually mild and short-term. While most patients report seeing normally within several hours after the procedure, their vision continues to improve gradually for several months before reaching peak quality.
Our Nationwide Vision surgeon is an expert at performing both the PRK and LASIK procedures, and you can be assured of receiving the best, safest and most effective care.