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Prk Vs Lasik Long Term
Which procedure has advantages for active lifestyles, prk or lasik? I know there are two main methods for correcting my vision, prk and lasik. I am really concerned about long-term side-effects because i play beach volleyball in the summer. What are the d
Both : Both can be appropriate for active lifestyles. That being said if you think there is a higher likelihood of corneal trauma (like a finger poke to the eye) then prk is slightly safer because no flap is created. When you create a lasik flap the advantage is that the flap many times can be relifted for a retreatment years later. However that also means that the flap can be accidentally lifted in trauma and require urgent surgical revision. Prk hurts a little more for about 3-4 days and there is slightly higher risk of regression (loss of the surgical effect). But no flap is created. So, the choice is one to make with your surgeon depending on what kind of risks (albeit small) that you would like to take. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: The outcomes at 3 months and beyond are essentially equivalent between the two. Prk is used over lasik in a number of situations, such as risk of contact sports, occupation, thin corneas, irregular steepness on topography, or surgeon/patient preference. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Starburst: The decision to consider lasik or prk would depend on if the patient is happy with the quality of vision with glasses or contacts. As long as the patient realizes that the laser eye surgery can correct their prescription and not the starbursts, then the surgery can be considered. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am informed that i can't have the lasik procedure but would i be able to have the prk procedure?
Maybe: It really depends on the reason you were told you were not a candidate for lasik. Some of the same reasons would disqualify you for lasik. There are some situations where lasik might not be a good idea but would allow prk to be performed. You need to ask your doctor or seek a second opinion with an experienced refractive surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I found out that i can't have the lasik procedure but would i be able to have the prk procedure, what do you recommend?
Does the flap created during lasik completely heal and re-adhere (not just around the edges that were cut), or should I get prk?
No: A lasik flap never completely heals if you mean the corneal bed fully re-adheres. It does not. But the chances of the flap coming lose or slipping are very very small once the eye has healed. If you are worried about this, prk is a good option. There is no flap at all with prk. You should discuss this in more detail with your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prk vs lasik: There was a conference where ophthalmologists were first asked which procedure they performed most; 90% said lasik. When asked what they would have if they were to have one, 90% said prk. I tell patients this story. 90% of surgical complications are flap related (lasik). And, #1 postop issue is dry eye (more common w lasik than prk). There is more pain and slow recovery but i would have prk. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Stress resistance: The long term results of lasik and prk are approximately the same. But prk gives a more solid front of the eye less resistant to pressure changes and trauma. For most civilian activities it makes no difference. The military requires pilots to have prk when needed to prevent any possiblity of problem and this may hold true in some circumstances for civilian flight. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Thin corneas ; LASIK: Thin corneas are not by themselves a reason to not be a candidate for lasik. Many thin cornea patients can have lasik - as long as their corneal topography is normal and their level of myopia and/or astigmatism is relatively low. Your doctor will perform tests to see whether lasik is an appropriate procedure based on many factors. Best of luck! ...Read more
Lasik and PRK: Various diagnostic test should be done in order to see if a person is the right candidate for either lasik or prk. Depending on a person's corneal thickness and corneal shape, these should be taken into consideration when deciding which procedure to do. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Plus more data: Most prescriptions can be treated with a laser procedure but that is not the only criterion for candidacy. Specialized diagnostic testing must be done during your exam, including a complete medical eye exam, medical and family history, medications, corneal maps, corneal thickness, and others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thinking of getting corrective vision surgery. Should i get Lasik or PRK surgery? Which is better and whats the difference? And which is cheaper?
Decision: Your doctor will advise which procedure is best for you.the price depends on what you need. ...Read more
What are differences between lasik, prk, and lasek in terms of risks, recovery and post operation side effects if any?Consider I am a candidate for all.
See full answer: Prk and lasek are similar since they both involve ablating the corneal surface after removing the epithelium. In lasek the epithelium is repositioned over the cornea , in prk it is discarded.Prk and lasek take longer for the vision to recover. Lasik involves ablating under a corneal flap. Individual conditions render surface ablation or lasik the more suitable procedure in a given patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: Your doctor will tell you if you qualify for LASIK. LASIK has quicker recovery time, but you will have a flap that can get dislocated even years out. It's something to consider if you play contact sports. PRK recovery is slower and you have a higher risk of scarring with high treatment. But no flap. Your laser surgeon should be able to discuss this in more detail at your visit. ...Read more