Types of LASIK Series: PRK
As the old adage goes “One size does not fit all.” This holds true for the shoes and types of LASIK eye surgery. Just as you would never buy a shoe that is 2 sizes too small, you certainly do not want to have a laser eye procedure that does not fit your needs medically or visually.
A good LASIK surgeon should start off with a blank slate and determine the right type of LASIK for you based on your individual needs including:
- Are you nearsighted (correction for distance), farsighted (readers only) or both (correction all the time for everything)?
- Do you do anything in your personal or professional life that puts your eyes at high risk for taking a hard sharp direct hit?
- How thick are your corneas?
- What are your vision priorities? Is your distance more important or your reading more important?
Based on your full consultation, your laser eye surgeon should consider one of the following types of LASIK:
Types of LASIK - PRK
When you talk to your friends and family who have had laser vision correction surgery the vast majority will tell you they had LASIK. What if the types of LASIK they received “do not fit” for you? What are your options and will you get the same great vision your friends and family rave about? PRK may be a great option for you. PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), also referred to as Epi-LASIK, LASEK, or Advanced Surface Ablation, is an excellent laser vision correction procedure for many who are not ideal LASIK candidates.
At Providence Eye & Laser specialists Dr. Mozayeni performs PRK utilizing the FDA-approved Wavelight EX500 laser.
Who is a good candidate for PRK? You and your laser eye surgeon should decide together if you are a good candidate for PRK or a different type of LASIK eye surgery. Some initial qualifications for PRK are:
- You are near sighted, so you wear glasses and/or contacts to see far away.
- You have thin corneas that are not suitable for LASIK. This is based on the evaluation of images of your cornea taken with our Pentacam mapping technology.
- Significant problems with eye dryness before the procedure
- High risk for developing long-term dryness
- The skin or cover of your cornea is already fragile or damaged due to age, previous injury, or previous infection
- Unexplained corneal irregularity detected on your mapping
- Significant scar tissue on the cornea
- Your occupation is high risk for potential eye injury
What are some of the advantages of PRK? PRK has the same great advantages as LASIK with regards to achieving great vision. However, there are some differences in the healing process. PRK still delivers:
- Optimal results
- Is very low risk
- Fewer side affects
The healing process is different from other types of LASIK:
- There is a 3-4 day recovery time after PRK
- Getting to your best possible vision can take several months.
Because Dr. Mozayeni is a cornea specialist, he is exceptionally capable of detecting subtle corneal abnormalities and recommending the safest, most predictable procedure for you. This is why meeting your doctor and having a complete and thorough consultation to determine what types of LASIK are best for you is perhaps the most important part of your vision correction experience.
Come visit us for a free consultation with Dr. Mozayeni at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists to determine which types of LASIK are right for you, so you can start to see more and live better.