LASIK vs. PRK – Which One Is Right for You?

Nov 13, 2018


Are you looking forward to seeing 20/20? If you’re looking into vision correction surgery, you have a few options. While LASIK is the most common procedure, it’s not the only procedure we offer. LASIK is the fastest procedure, but if you don’t qualify for it, then PRK might be the best option for you.

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is the sister procedure for LASIK. Both LASIK and PRK work by reshaping the front surface of the cornea so the light rays that enter the eye can bend in the correct way, which improves vision. Both procedures can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

The most significant difference between LASIK and PRK is how the surface of the cornea is removed. Unlike LASIK, which creates a flap on the top surface of the cornea, PRK dissolves the top layer of the cornea completely. Once the layer is dissolved, the laser treatment is done and a temporary contact lens is placed in the eye. The temporary contact lens is removed at the patient’s one week post-op appointment. This procedure has a slightly longer healing process, but the results are the same for both LASIK and PRK.  To learn more about how PRK is done, check out our video.

PRK is a great option for patients who do not qualify for LASIK, like those patients who have a thin cornea. It’s also a great option for patients in high-risk careers or activities, such as military service or sports. Both procedures are safe and effective, and the cost is the same.

If you’re looking into vision correction surgery, start your journey with us! To find out if you qualify for LASIK or PRK, call our office or contact us online to speak to one of our vision consultants.