Types of Refractive Surgery
There are a variety of laser surgery procedures available. We will recommend the one that is most likely to yield the best results for you.
Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, involves removing the outer cornea of the eye with a precise laser called an excimer laser. The laser is then used to reshape the underlying cornea to correct the refractive error and provide clear vision.
Recovery involves prescription eye drops and wearing a bandage contact lens for the first few days until the corneal epithelium has healed. Vision recovers slowly, but the corneal integrity remains intact.
PRK is particularly beneficial for patients with thinner corneas and those who are involved in activities that are more susceptible to eye injuries such as first responders, military personnel, and athletes.
LASIK uses a microkeratome blade or cool-beam laser to create a thin corneal flap. This flap is then folded back to expose the corneal stroma. The laser is used to reshape the underlying cornea, and then the flap is repositioned. The flap acts as a natural bandage, aiding in the healing process.
LASIK offers similar results to PRK, but with faster recovery. Patients usually find their vision has cleared within 24 hours and has stabilized within 2 weeks. After the procedure, you’ll likely be given eye drops to help with recovery.