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How Do I Choose Between LASIK Or PRK?

A happy patient after LASIK surgery

Did you know that LASIK eye surgery is almost identical to PRK? If a patient qualifies as a candidate for both LASIK surgery and PRK, why would they choose one over the other? Keep reading to learn more about these similar procedures!

The Differences Between LASIK And PRK

When it comes to LASIK and PRK, there isn’t a big difference between the two procedures. In fact, both LASIK and PRK are safe, and both have low risks for those who qualify for them. Although the procedures are similar, there are some differences that set them apart.

One of the differences between LASIK and PRK is that LASIK patients heal faster. LASIK patients also can see more clearly at a faster rate than PRK patients.

It depends on the patient, but most LASIK patients are cleared to drive the day after their procedure. This is not the case for PRK patients.

Many LASIK patients are able to drive themselves to their first post-operative appointment. Those who undergo PRK won’t be able to drive for up to seven days before their surgeon gives the go-ahead for driving.

This is just one small reason why patients who qualify for both procedures choose LASIK.

LASIK costs more than PRK, but it’s easy to finance. There are a variety of options to help make the procedure affordable. There are patients who are not considered good candidates for LASIK. These patients are often good candidates for PRK instead.

How PRK Tops LASIK

A patient may opt for PRK if they do not qualify for LASIK, including custom and bladeless LASIK. People who take part in contact sports and are likely to receive blows to the head don’t qualify for LASIK. This is due to the delicate flap that gets created on the cornea during LASIK. This flap requires some time to properly heal.

If you play football or are an amateur boxer, PRK is the best option for you.

To be a LASIK candidate, your corneas must be thick enough. This is one of the most important factors of LASIK candidacy. Performing LASIK on a patient with corneas that are too thin can result in permanent vision loss.

For patients who are still looking for vision correction, PRK is the recommendation. PRK may have a longer recovery time and take longer to achieve clear vision, but it does work! PRK is a fantastic option for vision correction if other LASIK procedures are ruled out.

How Do You Know Which Is Right For You?

The only way to know for sure if LASIK or PRK is right for you is to have a LASIK consultation. During your consultation at Minnesota Eye Consultants, your eyes will be examined.

Based off how your eyes perform during the exam, we’ll be able to determine if LASIK or PRK is right for you. Not every patient is a good candidate for LASIK or PRK, so it’s important to know your other options.

Ready to make your vision correction dreams a reality? Schedule your free LASIK consultation at Minnesota Eye Consultants today!