You’re tired of wearing contact lenses or glasses. You want to be able to see the world clearly the moment you open your eyes in the morning without anything else to get in your way. You’ve thought about LASIK surgery to correct your vision, but you have also heard about the PRK procedure. Both options could have the potential to give you clear vision without the need for corrective lenses. Find out what the difference is between PRK and LASIK.
How Does the PRK Procedure Work?
The PRK procedure is intended to correct issues that affect the clarity of your eyesight, including astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. The PRK procedure came first when it came to surgical options to correct vision problems. When this procedure is performed, your eye surgeon will remove the outer layer of the cornea to go in and use a laser in order to reshape the cornea, correcting any underlying issues with your vision. The tissue that was removed will gradually regenerate itself and replace the tissue that was removed.
How Does the LASIK Procedure Work?
During the LASIK procedure, your eye surgeon will use a laser in order to create a corneal flap. This will allow the surgeon to reshape your cornea in a way that is similar to PRK surgery.
Which Procedure is Right for You?
Each procedure is effective in correcting problems with vision. The PRK procedure takes longer for your eye to heal. You may also need more time to experience the final outcome of your procedure. The LASIK surgery generally has a shorter recovery time and less discomfort. However, the corneal flap will not completely heal after LASIK. If you live an extremely active lifestyle, this may not be the best option for you. If you have already had LASIK or your cornea is too thin to have this procedure, your eye specialist may recommend that you try the PRK procedure.
Your Vision and Procedure is Your Choice
In the end, any corrective surgery that affects your vision will be your final decision. You should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure. Be well-informed about what to expect. Results can vary. Discuss the procedures with your eye surgeon and find out which one could give you optimal results. Learn more about the recovery process. Right now, you know exactly what you have when it comes to your eyes. You want to make sure that you are making the right decision. Don’t be hasty as you research your options.
Talk to an Eye Expert About PRK and LASIK
If you are confident that corrective eye surgery is what you want, make an appointment with Dr. Patel at Wichita Vision Institute to discuss the PRK procedure and LASIK. Dr. Patel will perform a thorough evaluation of your eyes. Your health history will also be taken into account to make sure there are no underlying conditions, like diabetes, that could affect your recovery.
Find out what will help you to see clearly in the future. Call us today to schedule a consultation!