If you are considering laser eye surgery, you are not alone. Many people
worldwide have already undergone laser eye surgery. With ophthalmic technology
making such rapid advancements, staying current on what available procedure
is best for you can be tricky. If you are considering eye surgery and
wondering what the difference is between PRK laser eye surgery and
LASIK surgery, look no further.
LASIK is newer. PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, was once the most common
refractive procedure. Invented in the early 1980s, PRK wasn’t approved by the FDA until
1995. LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) came a few years later
and replaced PRK as the most popular laser eye surgery technique.
LASIK patients experience less discomfort. Both PRK and LASIK use excimer lasers to reshape the cornea. The LASIK
procedure creates a corneal flap prior to reshaping the cornea, whereas
PRK does not. Nevertheless, LASIK patients report less pain and discomfort
the first few days after surgery than PRK patients do.
LASIK patients heal more quickly. A complete visual recovery takes PRK patients a few weeks, whereas many
LASIK patients achieve full visual recovery in a number of days. While
everyone heals differently, many patients report clear vision almost immediately
after the procedure, and it can take as little as a week for full clarity
to set in.
In other ways, the procedures are quite similar. Both PRK and LASIK are
outpatient procedures that take about 30 minutes to complete for both
eyes. Both procedures are effective for nearsightedness, farsightedness,
astigmatism, and presbyopia.
If you live in New York City and have questions about which kind of laser
eye surgery is right for you, please call
Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (212) 580-8881. At Vista Laser Vision, Dr. Hornfeld helps you get rid
of the glasses by providing excellent ophthalmic care for patients with
all kinds of visual ailments.