LASIK vs. PRK

Serving Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Nearby Areas of the Hudson Valley

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Poughkeepsie LASIK and PRK are laser vision treatments that both treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, is the predecessor to LASIK and is still used today. The major difference between PRK and LASIK is that during LASIK surgery, a small flap is created in the cornea in order to reshape the underlying stromal layer, while in PRK surgery, the epithelial layer of the cornea is removed to access the stromal layer.

Advantages of LASIK

Each type of surgery offers specific advantages. Many patients choose LASIK for the following reasons:

  • Faster Healing Times:  Because the flap created during LASIK surgery preserves the epithelial layer of the cornea so it does not need to regenerate, healing times are faster. Patients usually are able to return to most normal activities within 1 day of LASIK surgery.
  • Less Discomfort: LASIK patients generally report less discomfort.
  • Vision Stabilizes More Quickly: Vision improvements are apparent sooner than with PRK which can take several weeks to reach final outcomes.

Although LASIK offers some advantages over PRK, it does not replace PRK altogether. Some patients are not good candidates for LASIK due to prior eye surgery or naturally thinner corneas. Other patients prefer PRK because it is a more conservative approach that has an even lower risk of complications.

To learn more about the procedures and decide which approach is best for you, please call Seeta Eye Care Centers today at 845-454-1025 . Our ophthalmologists serve patients in Highland, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Carmel, and the rest of Dutchess County New York.

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