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PRK vs. LASIK

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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:

 PRKLASIK
Corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatismYesYes
May produce 20/20 vision or betterYesYes
First step of the procedureThin outer layer of your cornea is removed (epithelial layer); eyes need time to regrow the removed layerCorneal flap is created, folded over during the procedure and replaced after the procedure
Pain during procedureSlight discomfort, minimized with numbing eye drops and local anestheticMost do not describe as painful due to numbing eye drops
Corneal reshapingPerformed with an excimer laserPerformed with an excimer laser
Recovery3-5 days; bandage contact lens is worn during recovery24-48 hours
Customized treatmentYesYes
Outpatient procedureYesYes

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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