What’s the Difference Between PRK and LASIK?

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What’s the Difference Between PRK and LASIK? | ManhattanPRK and LASIK are different methods of laser eye surgery. Both can correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but each one has unique benefits. The right surgery for you depends on your corneas, and the best way to find out if you qualify is by scheduling a consultation with our board-certified ophthalmologist.

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) was the precursor to LASIK and is still widely used across the country including by Dr. Basil Pakeman. The main difference between these forms of vision surgery is how they are performed.

PRK uses a laser to reshape your cornea and correct your eyesight after removing the surface layer called the epithelial layer. PRK can contour more of your cornea because the laser has access to your entire eye. LASIK creates a flap using the epithelial layer then reshapes your cornea. Once the procedure is done, the flap is folded back over your eye.

PRK and LASIK both take minutes to complete in our Manhattan office, but healing time varies. Because PRK removes the entire surface layer, it can take several days for your body to naturally form a new one. Your full results can take up to a couple weeks to stabilize. LASIK also takes a few days to recover, but has a quicker healing rate.

Do I Qualify for PRK or LASIK?

In order to undergo either method of laser eye surgery, you must be at least 18-years-old, have healthy eyes and a consistent prescription for one to two years. PRK is great for those who have had eye surgery before or have thin corneas. Speak with Dr. Pakeman to see which procedure fits your eyes best.

If you’re interested in laser eye surgery in Manhattan, please call Manhattan Surgical Care today at 212-308-1566 to schedule your consultation. Our office serves clients in Manhattan, New York City, and all areas of New York and New Jersey.

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