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LASIK vs. PRK

The Medical Directors/Surgeons of Precision LASIK Group [PLG] understand the importance of clear vision and that no two patients are exactly alike.  With this in mind, PLG surgeons are very particular about choosing appropriate candidates and about customizing each patient’s procedure to fit their specific visual and surgical needs.

During a patient’s screening process, PLG surgeons determine not only if the individual is 100% appropriate for Laser Vision Correction, but also which refractive surgery procedure –LASIK [laser-assisted-insitu-keratamileusis] or PRK Eye Surgery [photo refractive keratectomy] is best suited for them.  The finest candidates will obtain the finest results.

Some of the deciding factors between choosing LASIK surgery or PRK surgery may include corneal thickness or whether a patient prefers a less invasive procedure or one which offers speedier recovery.  Both procedures involve the same laser application to reshape the cornea, however the initial portions of the procedure dealing with flap creation versus removal of epithelium [corneal ‘skin’] differ.  Both LASIK and PRK have been proven to offer the same fantastic, life-changing results with virtually no discomfort during the procedure.

LASIK Eye Surgery
PRK Eye Surgery
A corneal flap is created on the top of the cornea. The flap is then folded back into position so that the surgeon may begin the correction process. A cool bean laser is then used to reshape the cornea and one the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is set back into place. The epithelium, or the surface of the cornea, is removed. This allows the laser to then reshape the curvature of the eye.
  • Stitches are not used as the flap naturally goes back into place and fuses the cornea back together.
  • No needles or incisions are required.
  • Eye drops are prescribed by the surgeon following surgery. Usually, the eye drops will be used for about one week after surgery. Normal activities can resume within 3 days of the procedure. Most of the healing is done within the first week, but it may take up to 3 months for the vision to stabilize.
  • Directly following surgery eye medications and clear contact lenses will be used on the eye. It is important that these are used to prevent infection from occurring. Typically, the contact lenses are removed within 3-5 days after surgery but the eye medication will be used for 3-4 months following surgery. The epithelial will begin to regenerate itself.
  • Many LASIK patients do not feel any discomfort following surgery. Most surgeons recommend going home and going to sleep. Once you wake up your vision will be vastly improved. If discomfort is felt, non-prescription pain relievers should be taken.
  • PRK patients take pain medication for the first couple of days following the procedure. The pain comes from the fact most of the pain fibers are located in the top layer of the cornea.
  • LASIK requires an additional surgical step, the creation of the corneal flap. The creation is painless takes short time to complete. Some times difficulties can arise from the creation on the flap, usually less than 1% of the time. The complications can be treated by repositioning the flap. If the flap is not created properly then further surgery may be needed.
  • PRK has the risk of irregular healing or infection during the healing process. Infections can be treated with medications.


Before deciding on Laser Vision Correction you should discuss the benefits of each procedure with your doctor. A thorough eye exam will be conducted before any decision can be made. Once the exam is completed the doctor will go over the results and determine what will be the best decision for your eyes.

Allegretto LASIK

The ALLEGRETTO WAVE Excimer Laser was designed to provide patients the greatest opportunity to achieve the best possible quality of vision and enjoy the benefits of laser vision correction.

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