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LASIK is one of the most common eye surgeries available and often gets most of the attention when it comes to the topic. The problem with this is if you are not a LASIK candidate.

There are other lesser known options for vision correction. Like all procedures, there are different advantages and disadvantages to consider.  PRK is such a surgery that you may not have heard of but is different in very important ways.

PRK is a good option for patients looking for vision correction but they don’t qualify for LASIK. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between LASIK and PRK!

How Does PRK Work?

PRK is a similar procedure to LASIK. With both procedures, the corneal tissue gets reshaped. When the corneal tissue is reshaped, light is able to refract onto the retina.

When the cornea is misshapen, light does not focus as it should. This is what causes blurry vision.

During LASIK, a flap is created in the top layer of the cornea. When the flap gets created, the top layer of the cornea lifts. With the cornea lifted, a tiny amount of tissue is removed from the middle layer of the cornea. Removing the tissue is done precisely to make sure the cornea is reshaped as it should be.

The flap is then folded back down over the opening and re-attaches itself over time. The creation of the flap allows for faster recovery. If it is not cared for properly, it can lead to complications while healing. This is where PRK comes in.

Differences Between LASIK & PRK

It is easy to avoid flap complications if you follow all instructions after LASIK. If your corneas do not meet a certain standard of thickness, they will be more prone to damage.

If your corneas don’t meet the proper thickness, you cannot be a LASIK candidate. You may instead be a good candidate for PRK.

The key difference between the two surgeries is that flaps aren’t created during PRK. Instead, the tissue is completely removed. The top layer of the cornea heals on its own but without the flap, recovery takes longer.

This is why LASIK is the best option for most patients. LASIK has an unbelievable success rate among patients, but PRK can be just as successful. Recovery length and ease are the only real drawbacks.

The Verdict

If your corneas are thick enough, you are likely to choose LASIK. While recovery from both surgeries is easy and fast, LASIK has PRK beat on both accords.

PRK is still a valid option and is comparable to LASIK in both safety and effectiveness. The only way to find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK or PRK is to have a consultation.

If you’re considering vision correction options, it’s important to do all your research! This includes knowing which vision correction procedure is right for your eyes.

Want to find out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK? Schedule a LASIK consultation with Atlantic Laser Vision Center in Little Silver, NJ!