PRK Eye Surgery vs LASIK: What is the Difference and Which is Right for Me?
While people often compare them to each other, PRK and LASIK are on the same team. They are each a safe and effective procedure to improve vision by using a precise laser to reshape the cornea. One is not inherently better than the other, but they each offer benefits and a different recovery process depending on your vision goals, unique eye anatomy, and what types of activities you use your eyes for on a daily basis.
The primary difference between PRK and LASIK is in the first step of the surgical procedure. During a LASIK procedure, the surgeon will use a special laser to prepare the cornea before a second laser removes the imperfections in the eye that cause blurry vision. In PRK, the surgeon removes those imperfections in a different way.
We have found that many patients have been told that PRK is the only other laser eye surgery besides LASIK. Since we offer the widest range of surgical procedures anywhere in the region, we find this is often not the case.
Many people who have been told that the longer-recovery PRK procedure is their only option are ecstatic to hear they can have another all-laser solution with the added benefit of rapid healing.