Determining What Type of Laser Vision Correction Works for You
LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure designed to correct the corneal irregularities that cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This advanced elective procedure has helped millions to decrease or eliminate their need for glasses and contact lenses.
Blade-free LASIK, also known as iLASIK relies solely on advanced laser technology to reshape the cornea. This type of LASIK is safer and more precise than traditional LASIK and helps to ensure the best possible results.
PRK is a form of laser surgery recommended for patients who are not candidates for LASIK because of issues like a thin cornea. PRK does not involve creating a flap. Instead, the doctor will remove the top epithelial layer entirely. PRK can provide comparable results to LASIK surgery.
LASIK vs. PRK
Patients with corneas thinner than 500 microns are typically better suited for PRK rather than LASIK. After LASIK, many patients return to daily activities the next day. PRK requires a longer recovery time, though it also eliminates complications related to the corneal flap created during LASIK.