Young man researching PRK

If you are looking into getting your vision fixed, chances are you’ve done most of your research on LASIK. While LASIK is popular among doctors and patients alike, it is by no means the only option.

Not everyone will be a good candidate for LASIK surgery. If you’re not a candidate for LASIK, you may be better suited for a different procedure like PRK. Keep reading to learn more about PRK!

What Is PRK?

Photorefractive keratectomy is a procedure very much like LASIK. There is one major difference between PRK and LASIK.

During LASIK, a flap is made in your cornea. This flap can be opened so the underlying corneal tissue can be altered and reshaped by the surgeon.

At the end of LASIK, this flap is placed down and left alone so that it can reattach itself. In PRK, there is no flap. The layer of the cornea is simply removed and allowed to grow back over time.

The advantage of LASIK is that the eyes have less work to do to heal, which helps reduce recovery time. LASIK only works for people who have normal corneal thickness.

Some people have thin corneas, which can cause flap complications during recovery. By doing away with the flap in PRK, you are removing the possibility of flap complications.

Recovery from PRK is notably longer than LASIK’s healing period, though not as long as you might think.

What Happens During PRK’s Recovery Process?

With both LASIK and PRK, you can expect to be fully recovered in about three months. This does vary from patient to patient and can take upwards of six months in some cases.

The initial symptoms such as light sensitivity and dry eye can take a matter of weeks with PRK. With LASIK, these can take a matter of days to go away.

Clear vision itself will generally take longer to achieve after PRK. LASIK patients will experience less discomfort after their surgery than PRK patients.

PRK also increases the risk of eye infection after surgery. This is because you won’t have the protective covering of the corneal flap to provide a barrier.

But as long as you follow after-surgery instructions, you shouldn’t have to worry about it.

Long Term Results After PRK

The long term results from both PRK and LASIK are very similar. Both surgeries cause almost all patients to achieve at least 20/20 vision, with some even better.

Enhancement surgeries are also available if your vision doesn’t meet your expectations. Both LASIK and PRK offer outstanding results with very little risk of failure.

The amount of time it takes to get there varies a little bit. Wondering if there’s a refractive surgery that’s right for you?

Schedule a consultation at Atlantic Laser Vision Center in Little Silver, NJ today! Isn’t it time to find out if glasses and contacts could be a thing of the future? Contact us today and get on the road to clear vision now!