LASIK (laser-assisted-in-situ keratomileusis) is a wonderful procedure for individuals who want to correct their nearsightedness, farsightedness and similar refractive errors which could result from a change in the shape of the lens or cornea. However, not everyone is eligible to have the procedure. The good news is that there are other forms of treatment to help correct refractive errors such as PRK (photorefractive keratectomy).
PRK vs. LASIK
PRK was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) four years earlier than LASIK which was officially approved in 1999. While LASIK makes an incision in the cornea to create a flap for laser to reach the inner layers of the cornea, an eye surgeon performing PRK does not create a flap but rather removes the outer layer of the cornea. Removal of the outer layers makes it easy for laser to reshape the cornea.
When is PRK appropriate?
The Roholt Vision team recommends PRK over LASIK to individuals whose lifestyle or occupational background increases their risk for eye injury such as military personnel, professional or amateur boxers, martial artists, and policemen. Also, PRK is ideal for patients whose have extremely thin corneas or chronic dry eyes which in turn makes it difficult for them to have LASIK.
Patients having PRK surgery should expect the recovery period to be a little longer than LASIK though both PRK and LASIK are safe treatments which deliver equally effective results. Finding out which one is best for you should be discussed with the Roholt Vision team during your personal consultation. Call us at 330-305-2200 to schedule an appointment today!