Anyone who wants to get rid of glasses or avoid the discomfort of contact lenses can choose a safe and effective laser eye surgery. Both PRK and LASIK have a low complication rate and high success ratio in the treatment of refractive errors. So if you are considering a laser eye surgery, you need to know your treatment options better before you decide which one is best for you.
Pros of PRK and LASIK
PRK does not have any flap complications so it is a perfect option for those who play contact sports. PRK is also suitable for corneas that are too thin and cannot be treated with a LASIK procedure. With LASIK surgery the results appear in about 24 hours and last relatively long. The entire procedure is fast and painless and recovery is quick. But no surgery is without risks and complications, so now let’s take a look at the cons of PRK and LASIK:
Cons of PRK and LASIK
Patients typically experience more discomfort following a PRK surgery and the risk of infections is also relatively higher with a PRK procedure. With LASIK surgery, the corneal changes cannot be reversed but if the procedure is performed by an expert surgeon in a fully-equipped eye care facility, the risks are very rare.
Between PRK and LASIK, LASIK is the more popular and preferred choice of treatment owing to its higher success ratio, safety, comfort and cost-effectiveness but only an experienced ophthalmologist can confirm if you qualify for the procedure by measuring your refractive error, diagnosing your eye for diseases and conducting eye exams to test the thickness of the cornea. But prospective patients should be careful and do their research before narrowing down their search to the best clinics and scheduling their first appointment.
To help you make a well-informed decision, this infographic efficiently spells out the differences between both the procedures along with important points to consider prior to the procedure.
About The Author:
Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center, an Ophthalmology Center in California. With a knack for understanding medical procedures and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs to inform readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care, especially LASIK. Aaron loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.