TLC Laser Eye Centres specialize in a number of vision correction procedures and offer several alternatives to LASIK eye surgery, including PRK.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser correction surgery that it used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
PRK is commonly known as "LASIK without a flap."
Although both procedures work to reshape the cornea in order to treat vision problems, PRK differs from LASIK in that it doesn’t require the surgeon to create a corneal flap. The procedure treats the surface of the eye without necessitating a flap by first gently scrubbing the top layer of the cornea, called the epithelium. It then uses a laser to reshape the cornea, just like in LASIK eye surgery.
PRK has been associated with a slightly higher level of discomfort than LASIK eye surgery.
Who benefits the most from PRK?
Based on the results of your pre-operative, comprehensive eye exam, you may be recommended for PRK instead of LASIK. There are several reasons why your eye surgeon may recommend PRK over LASIK or another vision correction procedure.
PRK is generally recommended to individuals with thinner-than-average corneas. This is because there’s not enough corneal thickness to create the flap necessary in LASIK. Similarly, it will be recommended to individuals with soft corneas, as these have a greater chance of bending out of shape and are thus not suitable for the creation of a corneal flap. Finally, PRK may also be recommended to people with vocational or sports-related limitations where creating a corneal flap would not be recommended. Schedule a no-obligation consultation to learn more.
What is the recovery time for PRK?
PRK has a slightly longer recovery time in comparison to LASIK eye surgery. Whereas most LASIK patients are back to their normal routines within 24-hours of their procedures, individuals receiving PRK may take several days before they feel comfortable returning to work and normal activities.
Please note that while the pain is usually quite minimal following PRK, post-operative discomfort has been reported in some patients.
What are the results of PRK in comparison to LASIK?
The visual outcomes for PRK and LASIK eye surgery are virtually the same. They will both reduce or even eliminate your need for glasses and contacts. Even more, both PRK and LASIK are equally safe. The main difference between the two procedures is the time it takes to heal and the frequency of post-surgery visits.
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