LASIK vs. PRK: Which Is Right for Me?

LASIK vs. PRK - Pomona, NY

Jan 7, 2016 @ 12:41 PM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Prk |

An eye seen up closeThe team at Palisades Laser Eye Center has helped countless patients in and around Pomona see clearly again. We have many ways of improving patient eyesight, including advanced laser vision correction options such as LASIK and PRK. Both surgeries can work wonders for your vision.

But which one is better?

If you've ever wondered, we're about to explore LASIK and PRK and compare the two procedures.


LASIK is a highly popular and effective type of refractive surgery that involves the reshape of the eye using a surgical laser. In order to achieve this, a small flap must be created in the corneal surface. This is known as the epithelial flap. The flap is lifted and a laser is then used to alter the overall contour of the cornea so light passes through it and focuses properly on the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.

LASIK is ideal for treating myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

Ideal Candidates for LASIK

The best candidates for LASIK are people with healthy, regularly shaped corneas who suffer from refractive error. They should be over the age of 18, not pregnant or nursing, and have a stable prescription for at least a year. It's also important that patients be free from eye injuries and eye infections for at least a year.

About PRK

PRK is another form of refractive surgery that is quite effective, though it's generally considered an alternative to LASIK. The procedure works on similar principles, but instead of creating an epithelial flap, the epithelium is removed during PRK and the corneal reshaping continues from there. The epithelium will grow back as part of the healing and recovery process.

Ideal Candidates for PRK

General candidacy for PRK is similar to LASIK. Since the surgery is often performed as a LASIK alternative, many people who undergo PRK have issues with corneal thinness but are otherwise ideal candidates to undergo LASIK.

Healing After LASIK vs. Healing After PRK

In general, patients heal a little faster and experience less discomfort from LASIK than they do with PRK. This is because of the difference between creating an epithelial flap and removing the epithelium.

The Results of LASIK vs. The Results of PRK

The results of LASIK and PRK are very similar, with most patients of either surgery achieving vision of around 20/40 and often better. Keep in mind that while there are no guarantees of 20/20 vision, patients are able to see better after LASIK or PRK and no longer need to wear contact lenses or glasses.

Final Assessment: LASIK and PRK Are Generally Comparable

Even though there are some differences in the procedure and the recovery experience, LASIK and PRK are both excellent options for treating refractive errors. During a consultation at the practice, we can help you decide which type of surgery would be most ideal for you and your needs.

Contact Palisades Laser Eye Center

For more information about LASIK, PRK, and your many other options for advanced vision treatment, be sure to contact our advanced laser vision correction and eye care center today. The entire team at Palisades Laser Eye Center is here to help you see clearly and achieve excellent eyesight.