Laser refractive surgery has seen a significant increase in popularity over the past decade. Millions of these procedures have been performed throughout the country with an overwhelming rate of satisfaction.
Laser refractive surgery is a safe and effective way to reduce your dependency on glasses. Currently, there are two variations of the surgery, LASIK and PRK. Both surgeries use the same VISX laser to reshape the cornea and can be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
LASIK is a more well know version of laser vision correction as it offers faster visual recovery and less pain. In recent years however, feedback from patients has led the FDA to reexamine LASIK for serval reasons. While it is a safe surgery, some patients can suffer side effects, such as severe dry eye and disabling visual disturbances. There can also be long term issues related to the presence of the LASIK flap, such as traumatic flap dislocation or infections under the LASIK flap.
These issues have led some ophthalmologists to rethink the surgical options and lean more towards PRK. Because PRK does not involve the creation of a flap, it is a much safer procedure, both in the short and long term. In addition, some studies have shown that visual outcomes are actually better in PRK than LASIK.
At Eye Physicians and Surgeons we offer both LASIK and PRK and our surgeons and staff can help you pick the surgery that is right for you.