PRK is among the earliest types of laser eye surgery aimed at correcting long-sightedness, short-sightedness, and astigmatism. We also do it for restoring the reading vision of people who are losing their capability because of age.
PRK involves reshaping the surface of the eye. In contrast, LASIK involves creating an ultra-thin flap on the front surface so that the laser can access the treatment zone.
The primary difference between LASIK and PRK is that the thin layer that we replace at the end of the LASIK procedure isn’t there. As a result, the cornea’s skin has to regrow or regenerate. That means that PRK takes longer to recover from.
After PRK, the eye can be uncomfortable for somewhere between two or three days after the procedure. Nevertheless, PRK is very accurate. Furthermore, evidence suggests that Trans PRK, which we often offer here at VSON, has even faster visual recovery.
After a few weeks, the results between PRK and LASIK are virtually identical if you compare them. It just takes a little longer to get there with PRK, and the journey can be a little bit less comfortable. With that said, though, PRK is an excellent procedure with life-changing benefits for people who either can’t or shouldn’t have LASIK.
To learn more about PRK and which laser eye surgery treatment is best to free you from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, book a free online laser vision assessment.