Millions of people will suffer from poor vision at some point in their life. Glasses and contact lenses can fix the problem, but they are often a huge hassle to deal with every day. Undergoing LASIK or PRK eye surgery will instantly correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism to get perfect eyesight. If you are considering LASIK vs PRK eye surgery, there are some subtle differences between the two that you should know about before choosing the right surgery for your needs.
Qualifying for the Surgeries
Candidacy differs between LASIK and PRK eye surgery. If you have irregular astigmatism or a very thin cornea, then PRK eye surgery may be the better choice for you. Your eyes will be examined during your consultation appointment with our specialist to determine if you are a strong candidate for either surgery.
Steps Used During Surgeries
When considering LASIK vs PRK eye surgery, there are some minor but very important differences between the way they are performed. During LASIK surgery, our ophthalmologist will make a flap of tissue on the cornea at the start of the procedure. The corneal flap is then lifted to use the laser directly on the inner layer of the cornea. The laser reshapes and repairs the curvature imperfections on your cornea that are causing your vision issues. The flap of tissue is then placed over the corrected cornea to end the LASIK surgery.
PRK eye surgery does not involve making a flap on the cornea. Rather, the outer layer of the cornea is completely removed at the start of the procedure. The laser is then used to correct the imperfections on your inner cornea. The outer cornea layer is reapplied to the eye before ending the PRK surgery.
Since the surgeries are performed differently, there will be a noticeable difference in the recovery time associated with each procedure. Since LASIK does not remove the cornea, it will have a much shorter recovery period than the PRK surgery. The recovery process is also much more comfortable. It may take as little as one day to completely recover from the surgery.
You will be forced to wear protective contact lenses for approximately four days after getting PRK eye surgery. Prescription eye drops will be used to reduce your discomfort. PRK eye surgery also involves a much longer recovery time; it often takes about two weeks to completely recover from the procedure.
Potential Side Effects
The biggest advantage to these surgeries is that they are both extremely safe. At Live Oak Ophthalmology, our specialists offer bladeless LASIK surgery to make the procedure even safer and the recovery time even shorter. If you are in the Wilmington area and considering LASIK vs PRK eye surgery, we would be happy to help you find out if you are a strong candidate for LASIK. Contact us today to find out if LASIK surgery is right for you.