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.