All Laser LASIK and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) are two laser vision correction procedures used to correct refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism). With both procedures, patients are able to achieve crisp, clearer vision. So how do you know which one is right for you? In this blog post, the trusted laser eye surgeons at Laser Eye Center™ discuss All Laser LASIK and PRK in detail, including each procedure’s advantages.
About All Laser LASIK and PRK
Both All Laser LASIK and PRK are performed to correct the refractive error (abnormal shape) of the cornea. During both procedures, the eye surgeon uses a laser to remove microscopic particles of corneal tissue to reshape the cornea, correcting the refractive error.
The difference between the two vision correction procedures is the way the underlying corneal tissue is accessed. During All Laser LASIK, the eye surgeon creates a flap in the surface of the cornea, which is then gently folded back to reveal the underlying corneal tissue.
During PRK, the eye surgeon uses the laser to ablate, or surgically remove, the outer layer of the cornea before reshaping the underlying corneal tissue. Unlike All Laser LASIK, PRK does not involve creating a flap in the surface of the cornea, making it a better option for patients with thin corneas.
Advantages of All Laser LASIK
The biggest advantage of All Laser LASIK is that patients are able to heal faster than with PRK surgery. Patients typically recover within 24 hours and are able to resume driving, reading and computer use within one day. With PRK, patients can return to their normal routine within four to five days.
Advantages of PRK
PRK is a good option for patients with extremely thin corneas, irregular astigmatism or who have had prior eye surgery. Because PRK does not involve making a corneal flap, there is no risk of flap-related complications.
Two Procedures, Same Results
Both surgeries are safe and achieve excellent vision correction results. More than 99 percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision, and many are able to reduce their daily dependence on prescription eyewear dramatically or eliminate it completely.
To learn more about your laser vision correction treatment options, contact Laser Eye Center™. Schedule a free consultation by calling 800-80-LASER (52737).