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PRK Laser Eye Surgery vs. LASIK

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.

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  • 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.