Is PRK riskier than LASIK?

Overall, PRK is considered to be safer and more effective in the long term because it doesn’t leave a flap in your cornea. The flap left behind by LASIK can be subject to greater damage or complications if your eye is injured.

Is PRK more stable than LASIK?

“Refractive stability was achieved within 1 year postoperatively, with LASIK showing better stability than PRK for up to 6 to 9 years,” the study authors said.

Is PRK worth the risk?

PRK and LASIK are both considered safe and effective procedures that dramatically improve vision. Deciding between the two can be difficult unless you have specific conditions that require that you do one or the other. If you have thin corneas or poor vision, your doctor will guide you toward PRK.

Why do people choose PRK over LASIK?

PRK is preferred over LASIK in the presence of certain corneal findings. For example, if your cornea is too thin, or if there is evidence of forme fruste keratoconus. PRK is sometimes chosen if there is moderate to severe dry eye as there is often less postoperative dry eye with PRK.

Can I have LASIK after PRK?

Because the PRK procedure involves the removal of some of the cornea, some patients may have thinner corneas than others. This means that patients that have undergone PRK can have LASIK after their initial vision correction procedure, but only if there is adequate corneal thickness available.

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Can PRK be done twice?

If you choose to have a second PRK procedure, there’s nothing to worry about. Subsequent/follow-up surgery is usually the same as the original procedure in that the entire epithelium will be removed to allow access to the underlying cornea in order to reshape it.

What is the success rate of PRK surgery?

According to the FDA, the overall success of PRK is around 95%, which means that the high majority of patients who go through PRK experience a notable improvement in the quality of their vision. Out of them, close to 70% tend to achieve up to 20/20 vision, while 92% achieve 20/40 vision or better.

How bad is PRK recovery?

During recovery, patients will likely experience moderate discomfort. Their eyes may feel dry, scratchy, or irritated. They may also experience some sensitivity to light, especially immediately post-op. While these symptoms are uncomfortable, they are all normal and should go away on their own.

Can astigmatism come back after PRK?

After PRK, residual astigmatism may occur based on the individual’s surface healing; some may end up with a small amount of irregular astigmatism secondary to the adjustment of epithelial cells and keratocytes.