LASIK AND PRK SURGERY
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) are both laser surgery techniques used to help improve eyesight. PRK has been around longer, but both surgeries are still widely used today. PRK and LASIK are both used to reshape the cornea in an effort to correct vision problems.
SHOULD I CHOOSE PRK OR LASIK SURGERY?
People with a high corrective prescription often are better suited for PRK. That’s because, LASIK requires patients to have enough residual cornea to be structurally sound after reshaping — a deficit found in patients with poor vision and those with very thin corneas.
After LASIK, patients can see clearly in just a few hours. Because of the corneal surface removal, vision takes a bit longer to come back during PRK. Also, unlike LASIK, some minor pain follows PRK surgery.
BENEFITS OF LASIK AND PRK
Both techniques can be used to help fix eye issues related to:
- Nearsightedness: the inability to see distant objects clearly
- Farsightedness: the inability to see close objects clearly
- Astigmatism: an irregular eye shape that results in blurry vision
During each surgery, you’ll feel some discomfort or pressure. Also, you may notice some changes in your eyesight after either surgery.
Healing occurs quickly after LASIK surgery, while PRK takes a bit longer to heal from. Patients often report more discomfort from PRK than from having LASIK, but it is temporary. While the healing between the two surgeries varies, the expected results over time are the same.
Contact Dr Boitumelo Khantsi today to find out which surgery option is best suited to your needs.