The main advantage of PRK is its greater relative safety compared to LASIK. LASIK is extremely safe (although no procedure is entirely risk free). Yet as safe as LASIK is, PRK is even safer. Because the laser treatment is performed on the corneal surface with PRK, there is no corneal flap.
Which is riskier PRK or 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.
Does PRK last longer than LASIK?
Because of the corneal surface removal, PRK takes a bit longer (and, unlike LASIK, some minor pain follows). Says Hood: “You’re about 70 percent healed after a week and your vision is about 90 percent healed after a month.” Those who get PRK must also wait at least a week to drive. Will you take precautions?
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.
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.
Which eye surgery is best?
LASIK is the best known and most commonly performed. Many articles, including this one, will use the term “LASIK” to refer to all types of laser eye surgery.
How many years does PRK last?
As for how long PRK surgery results last, just like LASIK, the results are permanent, but laser eye surgery cannot prevent your eye from aging, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, PRK surgery is a great option if you’re looking to lessen your dependence on reading glasses.
How much does PRK cost 2021?
The cost of PRK surgery usually ranges between $1,000 and $3,000 per eye — with an average of $2,300 — according to our survey of medical centers with upfront pricing. Like any elective medical procedure, your final price will vary from office to office.
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.
Does PRK surgery hurt?
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is the original version of laser vision correction and has been used on patients for over 20 years to improve eyesight. The procedure uses local anesthesia so patients do not feel pain during surgery.