If you’re considering laser eye surgery to correct your vision, you’ve probably come across two popular options: PRK and LASIK. While both procedures aim to correct common vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, they differ in several ways. With Davis Vision, you can expect personalized care and support throughout your laser eye surgery journey, from pre-operative consultations to post-operative follow-up care.Our skilled eye surgeons can guide you through the process and help determine which procedure may be right for you. 

Procedure Difference

The main difference between PRK and LASIK is how the eye is prepared prior to treating your prescription with the Excimer laser. During LASIK, the surgeon creates a flap on the cornea using a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. The flap is lifted, and the Excimer laser is applied to the underlying tissue to reshape the cornea. The flap is then placed back in position, and the eye heals relatively quickly.

On the other hand, during PRK, the surgeon removes the thin outer layer of the cornea (epithelium) to expose the underlying tissue. The Excimer laser is then applied to the tissue to reshape the cornea, and a soft contact lens is placed on the eye to help the epithelium grow back. PRK takes longer to heal than LASIK because the epithelium needs time to regenerate.

Recovery Difference

LASIK has a shorter recovery time than PRK because there is no need to wait for the epithelium to grow back. Most LASIK patients can return to work and resume normal activities within a day or two. PRK patients typically see well enough to drive without their glasses after their one week exam. 

Risks and Side Effects

Like any surgery, PRK and LASIK carry risks and potential side effects. While both procedures are considered safe and effective, there are some differences in the potential complications. For example, LASIK carries a small risk of flap complications, such as dislodgement or infection. PRK, on the other hand, has a higher risk of corneal haze and scarring, particularly in patients with high refractive errors.

Other common side effects of both procedures include dry eyes, glare, halos, and double vision. These symptoms usually improve with time, but in some cases, they may persist long-term.

How to Know if You’re a Candidate for PRK or LASIK

Both PRK and LASIK are suitable for patients with mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, LASIK may be a better option for patients with a thicker cornea and more stable prescription. PRK may be preferred for patients who have thin or mildly irregular corneas or who have a higher risk of trauma to the eyes causing flap complications.

Dr. Brian Davis will evaluate your eye health, prescription, corneal thickness, and other factors to determine which procedure is best for you. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand the potential risks and benefits of each procedure before making a decision.

If you’re considering laser eye surgery, it’s essential to consult with an experienced eye surgeon and discuss the different options available to you. Davis Vision is a leading provider of vision care, offering comprehensive eye exams, eyewear, and laser eye surgery services. With a team of skilled and knowledgeable professionals, Davis Vision can help you achieve clear, crisp vision and improve your quality of life. Whether you’re a candidate for PRK or LASIK, you can trust Davis Vision to provide personalized care and support throughout your journey. Contact Davis Vision today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a life without glasses or contacts.