PRK and LASIK laser eye surgeries utilize different techniques, but both deliver excellent results. The question is not which procedure is better, but rather which one is better for your eyes? Both laser eye surgeries reshape the cornea to correct your vision, but they differ when it comes to your corneal surface. LASIK creates a flap using the surface layer (epithelial layer) of your cornea, while PRK removes this layer through ablation.
Our board-certified ophthalmologist can help you decide which form of vision correction will give you the results you're looking for, but these questions can help you get a better idea of which one is best for your eyes:
- Has your vision been stable for one or more years? PRK and LASIK can both be performed on someone who has had a stable prescription for one to two years and is at least 18 years old. Some ophthalmologists suggest PRK is better for those over the age of 40.
- Do you have thin corneas? Our laser eye surgeon may recommend PRK over LASIK if you have thin corneas because PRK removes the surface layer of your corneas instead of creating a flap like LASIK. This allows your eyes to regenerate the epithelial layers.
- How much time do you have for recovery? PRK can take several days or weeks to recover from as your eyes have to grow back the surface layers removed during the procedure. LASIK recovery requires as little as one day.
- Do you have dry eyes? PRK is usually the best choice if you have dry eyes because it doesn't interfere with tear production or sever nerves to create a flap.
- Do you have an eye disease? Laser eye surgery is not a great option for you if you have cataracts, glaucoma or other eye diseases and conditions.
Which Has Better Results: PRK or LASIK?
The results from PRK and LASIK are virtually identical, but sometimes PRK offers a better outcome when it comes to achieving perfect vision. These procedures don't come without risk—it seems that LASIK carries a higher risk of complications with the flap, while PRK has a higher risk of infection while the eye heals. These issues are rare though, and millions of men and women have enjoyed vision correction through PRK and LASIK without problems.
If you're tired of prescription glasses and contacts, call Manhattan Surgical Care in Manhattan today at 212-308-1566 to schedule your eye exam. Dr. Pakeman provides laser eye surgery to clients in Manhattan, NYC and nationwide.