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The difference between PRK and LASIK: Which is the best fit for you?

When it comes to corrective vision eye surgery, there are several options to choose from. PRK and LASIK are the big two when it comes to the most popular forms of eye surgery to repair nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

So, what is the difference between PRK and LASIK – and what’s the best fit for you?

According to, “The main difference between PRK and LASIK is that in LASIK surgery a thin, hinged flap is created on the cornea to access the treatment area, whereas in PRK the cornea’s entire epithelial (outer) layer is removed to expose the area and no flap is created. For both PRK and LASIK, the excimer laser then sculpts the stromal layer of the cornea to correct your refractive error.”

Both PRK and LASIK have high success rates. Each has a slight percentage of risk. So, what’s the best road to take to improved vision? notes, “The most significant differences between PRK and LASIK are the initial discomfort and the speed of visual recovery. Recovery from PRK takes a little longer than from LASIK because the outer layer of the cornea needs time to heal.”

Less discomfort. Faster recovery. Sign me up for LASIK!

But you shouldn’t base your decision on those two factors alone.

“Both surgeries are safe and effective and carry a very high rate of patient satisfaction. Choosing between PRK and LASIK is a decision best made in consultation with a trained eye doctor who specializes in laser eye surgery. The good news is that history has shown that whichever you choose, you’re likely to be very pleased with the outcome,” states

We couldn’t agree more. We urge you to seek the opinion of an eye care specialist – like the Harvard-trained surgeons employed by Global Laser Vision.

During your free consultation, you’ll determine your eligibility for laser eye surgery. If you’re deemed okay to go, our specialist will discuss the procedure step-by-step so there are no surprises when the time comes for your quick in-house procedure.

The LASIK eye surgery procedure takes on average about 10 minutes per eye. Recovery is quick. There is little or no discomfort.

There are occasions when PRK is the preferred way to go.

PRK may still be suitable for people with larger pupils, thin corneas, or those who have other corneal issues and/or dry eyes.


The eye surgery experts at Global Laser Vision note: “The final results of PRK surgery are comparable to LASIK outcomes, but the initial PRK recovery is slower because it takes 3 to 5 days for new epithelial cells to regenerate and cover the surface of the eye.

“There also is a slightly increased risk of eye infection and haziness of vision in the first few days after the surgery. Lasik patients generally have less discomfort, and their vision stabilizes more quickly, whereas vision improvement with PRK is gradual and the final outcome can take several weeks.”

There are some benefits to PRK. Be sure to check out the website, then schedule your appointment with one of our specialists.

Whichever direction you choose – PRK or LASIK – you can rest assured that you’ll get the best treatment in Southern California here at Global Laser Vision!

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Huntington Beach
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  • Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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