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LASIK vs. PRK

Posted by fasttrack on December 18, 2014

PRKIf you have been told you are not a good candidate for LASIK because your corneas are too thin, you may not have to abandon your dream of 20/20 vision.

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a type of laser surgery in Greenville that can produce similar vision results to LASIK vision correction, and it can be performed on some patients with thin corneas. 

The difference between LASIK and PRK in Greenville is in the first step of the refractive surgery procedure.

  • LASIK: A hinged corneal flap is created to allow access to the underlying corneal tissue for laser treatment
  • PRK: the cornea’s outer layer (epithelial) is gently removed to allow access to the underlying corneal tissue for laser treatment 

The laser refractive treatment is the same for both LASIK and PRK: the cornea is slightly reshaped to correct the refractive error and allow light to focus on the retina for clear vision. Each laser treatment can be completely customized to your unique eye. 

After the laser procedure, the corneal flap is repositioned during LASIK; after PRK, the epithelial cells need time to regenerate over the eye. Recovery and final vision results for PRK will take longer and the healing process may be slightly more uncomfortable. However, there is no risk of corneal flap complications with PRK. 

Take the first step in the LASIK process: take the free online LASIK Self-Evaluation on donelsoneye.com. Then call Donelson Eye Associates at 864-987-0034 to schedule your free LASIK Consultation to find out if LASIK or PRK might improve your vision. You can also schedule your appointment online.