PRK Laser Eye Surgery
PRK Surgery – a Laser Vision Correction Choice
PRK continues to be a very viable procedure. Prior to the introduction of LASIK , photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) was the vision correction choice of surgery. PRK remains an elective procedure designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
So, how does PRK differ from CustomVue or LASIK? With PRK, no corneal flap is created. Instead, the entire outer layer of the cornea is removed. Then, just as with LASIK and its variations, the eye surgeon sculpts the exposed area with an excimer laser.
PRK remains a viable option for people with larger pupils, thin corneas, other corneal issues and dry eyes.
PRK vs LASIK
The final results of PRK laser surgery are comparable to LASIK, however, initial recovery is slower because it takes 3 to 5 days for the epithelial cells to regenerate and cover the surface of the eye. There is also a slightly elevated risk of eye infection and vision haziness during the first few days of post-surgery.
LASIK patients usually experience less discomfort and their vision stabilizes more quickly. For PRK patients, vision improvement is gradual and can take several weeks.
Because PRK surgery does not involve a corneal flap, your eye surgeon has access to the entire thickness of the underlying stroma. This is of particular benefit if your cornea is too thin for LASIK eye surgery or if you have already undergone LASIK and your eyes have been left with a thinner cornea.
Since no flap has been created, the patient avoids the cornea flap-related problems that can crop up with LASIK eye surgery. PRK works better for those with irregular or scarred corneas.
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