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PRK laser eye surgery is an alternative to LASIK – PRK provides similar results as LASIK, but without creating a flap. There are several options for laser eye surgery. PRK laser eye surgery was approved for patients in the USA over 20 years ago, prior to approval of LASIK a few years later. The same excimer laser is used for both procedures.
The Difference Between PRK & LASIK: For PRK, all of the treatment occurs on the surface of the eye, rather than under a flap as for LASIK. For PRK laser eye surgery, the surface layer or epithelial layer of the cornea is removed using a brush or other device. The healing process is slower than LASIK, since the surface cells must grow back over several days. Good vision restored in about a week, rather than a few hours as with LASIK, so you have to be more patient after PRK. Studies indicate that vision after PRK catches up to LASIK after about a month.
Dr. Tanchel has performed thousands of PRK laser eye surgery procedures and we can provide more information during the consultation if needed.
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