PRK VS. LASIK: Which is Better?

When it comes to getting a laser eye surgery, there are many types to choose from. However, the two big dogs remain PRK and LASIK for good reason. So, what makes these two surgeries so different, and which one is right for you and your particular needs?

To answer this, let’s look at the details behind both procedures. By doing this, we can get a better feel about what makes each procedure unique and why that matters so much when choosing the surgery that’s right for you.

PRK Procedure Details

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmologists, “Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of refractive surgery. This kind of surgery uses a laser to treat vision problems caused by refractive errors. You have a refractive error when your eye does not refract (bend) light properly.”

Essentially, this procedure uses a laser to change the shape of your cornea and is not recommended for those with dry eyes. This surgery is also related to the very first laser eye surgery ever done and has a long history tied to it, which is why many still use it on patients every day.

LASIK Procedure Details

According to the Food and Drug Administration, “In LASIK surgery, precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue by a special laser reshapes the cornea changing its focusing power.”

One of the many perks associated with LASIK is that it is very quick, the results can be seen nearly immediately, and the surgery is far less painful than a PRK or other laser corrective surgeries out there.

Which One Is Best for You?

Now that you know what distinguishes the PRK and LASIK procedures from one another, the next step is to discuss your options with your eye doctor.

If you live in Boulder and could use some help deciding what procedure is best for you, schedule an appointment with us today. We’ll be happy to help you from start to finish!

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