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LASIK vs PRK: Which Vision Correction Procedure is Right for You?

Konrad Filutowski, MD

Konrad Filutowski, MD

When it comes to vision correction procedures, LASIK and PRK are two of the most commonly performed surgeries. Both offer excellent results, but they differ in their approach and suitability for certain patients. Understanding the distinctions between LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) can help you make an informed decision about which procedure is best suited to your unique needs and lifestyle.

LASIK: The Quick Fix

LASIK is renowned for its rapid results and minimal discomfort during recovery. This procedure involves creating a thin flap on the cornea, reshaping the underlying tissue with an excimer laser, and then replacing the flap. The majority of patients experience improved vision within a day or two, and most people return to work or normal activities the next day. LASIK is an excellent option for individuals with moderate to high refractive errors who desire quick visual recovery.

PRK: The Time-Tested Alternative

PRK is a predecessor to LASIK and is still preferred in certain cases, particularly for patients with thin or irregular corneas. During PRK, the outer layer of the cornea (epithelium) is gently removed, and the underlying corneal tissue is reshaped with an excimer laser. Unlike LASIK, no flap is created, which may be advantageous for individuals at risk of flap-related complications. While visual recovery may take slightly longer with PRK compared to LASIK, many patients achieve excellent vision correction and long-lasting results.

Factors to Consider

When deciding between LASIK and PRK, several factors should be taken into account:

  • Corneal Thickness: LASIK requires a thicker cornea to create a flap, making it unsuitable for individuals with thin corneas who may benefit from PRK.
  • Recovery Time: While LASIK offers quicker visual recovery, PRK may be preferred for patients who prioritize safety or have occupations or hobbies that increase the risk of flap dislodgement.
  • Eye Health: Certain eye conditions, such as dry eye syndrome or keratoconus, may influence the choice of procedure and should be discussed with your ophthalmologist.
  • Lifestyle Considerations: Your daily activities and lifestyle preferences may also impact the choice between LASIK and PRK. For example, athletes or those engaged in contact sports may opt for PRK to minimize the risk of flap-related complications.

Consultation is Key

Ultimately, the decision between LASIK and PRK should be made in consultation with an experienced eye surgeon. A comprehensive eye examination will assess your candidacy for each procedure and help determine which option aligns best with your vision goals and individual circumstances.

Contact Us for Expert Advice

If you’re considering LASIK or PRK and would like to learn more about your options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with the Filutowski Eye Institute by calling 407-357-0023. With three convenient locations across Florida in Orlando at, 2295 S. Hiawassee Rd #101, Orlando, FL 32835, Lake Mary at 1070 Greenwood Blvd, Lake Mary, FL 32746, or Daytona Beach at 110 Yorktowne Dr, Daytona Beach, FL 32119. Our team of skilled ophthalmologists is committed to providing personalized care and guiding you through every step of your vision correction journey.

Don’t delay — contact us today to take the first step towards clearer, sharper vision!

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