Though LASIK is the most popular laser correction procedure, it's not right for everyone. If you're not a good candidate for LASIK, PRK may be an effective alternative that will help you restore clear, sharp vision.
Two types of patients who may not be considered for LASIK are those with thin corneas and pupils that are too large. Patients with thin corneas may experience complications in the creation of the corneal flap during LASIK, and patients with large pupils may see starbursts or halos at night after LASIK. PRK nullifies both of these potential, but rare, side effects.
The best way to determine whether PRK is the right LASIK alternative for you is to visit our ophthalmologists for a comprehensive eye evaluation. Please call 845-443-4998 today to schedule your free consultation at one of our offices, conveniently serving Poughkeepsie and the entire Hudson Valley area.
Difference between PRK Eye Surgery and LASIK
Both PRK and LASIK may benefit those who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. Both are ambulatory surgeries, meaning you can walk into and out of your procedure the same day. Both use an excimer laser. The main difference between the two is that PRK does not create a hinged flap in the cornea like LASIK does.
Instead, PRK removes the surface layer of the eye, called the epithelium, to get to the corneal tissue beneath it. After surgery, the surface will heal on its own. Though LASIK recovery may not take as long and discomfort may be more likely with PRK due to the regrowth of the epithelial cells, both surgeries lead to better vision.
The PRK Procedure
Your PRK surgery will take only a few minutes. During the surgery, anesthetic drops are put into your eyes. Something resembling a suction cup is used to keep your eye immobilized, and one eye is worked on at a time. Unlike LASIK, there is no blade used at all during your eye surgery. The excimer laser removes the surface layer of the eye, and the cornea is reshaped based on the mapping done during wavefront diagnosis.
PRK is a highly effective way to regain your vision. Though it may take a little while longer to recover, it has been reported that over 95% percent of PRK patients are able to see without the aid of glasses three months after their surgery.
Please contact Seeta Eye Centers today to schedule a free PRK consultation. We serve patients in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and the nearby Hudson Valley areas.