If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you have undoubtedly heard about LASIK vision correction. What you may not realize is that PRK is a similar type of laser vision correction procedure that may be recommended over LASIK – depending on your eye health.
The chart below outlines the similarities and differences between PRK and LASIK:
|Corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism||Yes||Yes|
|May produce 20/20 vision or better||Yes||Yes|
|First step of the procedure||Thin outer layer of your cornea is removed (epithelial layer); eyes need time to regrow the removed layer||Corneal flap is created, folded over during the procedure and replaced after the procedure|
|Pain during procedure||Slight discomfort, minimized with numbing eye drops and local anesthetic||Most do not describe as painful due to numbing eye drops|
|Corneal reshaping||Performed with an excimer laser||Performed with an excimer laser|
|Recovery||3-5 days; bandage contact lens is worn during recovery||24-48 hours|
At Azul Vision, we offer free LASIK Consultations for anyone interested in LASIK. As we assess your eyesight and eye health, we will determine whether PRK or LASIK would be a better route for you. You can always expect to receive honest information from our team as well as detailed information about these different options. Then you can decide if you want to proceed.
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