PRK vs. LASIK

Sometimes life takes you on unexpected paths to reach your goals. This is true in vision correction surgery. LASIK has become a household term and one that most people associate with achieving clear vision. However, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is also just as effective – and safer for many patients.

Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III, performs both LASIK and PRK in Jacksonville as outpatient procedures.

How PRK is the Same as LASIK

  • VISX excimer laser is used to reshape the corneal tissue to the ideal shape
  • Miniscule amounts of tissue is removed
  • Result is that light entering the eyes can more directly focus on the retina for clear vision
  • Corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
  • Virtually painless for most patients

How PRK is Different from LASIK

  • LASIK: a corneal flap is created using the IntraLase iFS® femtosecond laser; the flap is folded back to access the underlying tissue
  • LASIK: risk of complications from the corneal flap
  • LASIK: procedure takes just 20 minutes
  • LASIK: recovery time is very quick; most patients return to work/activities the next day
  • PRK: the outermost layer of corneal tissue (epithelial layer) is gently removed to allow access to the underlying tissue
  • PRK: no risk of complications from a corneal flap
  • PRK: procedure takes 20 minutes
  • PRK: tissue regeneration takes 1-2 weeks (longer recovery time)
  • PRK: more discomfort during the healing process

Find Out if PRK in Jacksonville is Right for You

Schedule your free Vision Consultation online or call our office at (904) 296-0098.