Do you need prescription eyewear in order to see clearly? If so, you are far from alone. Millions of Americans suffer from refractive vision problems that mean that they rely on glasses, contact lenses or a combination of the two. Unfortunately, both types of prescriptive eyewear have their own limitations, from being unable to wear glasses while swimming to struggling to wear contacts if you are suffering from hayfever or a cold. Some people simply don’t like the way that they look when wearing eyeglasses but are unable to get on with using contacts.
Whatever their reason, countless people are turning to laser vision
There are primarily two types of laser eye surgery currently offered in the U.S. These are known as PRK and LASIK. LASIK is the much better-known of the two, but PRK was the original, first technique used and is still extremely popular and successful today.
Deciding which variety of laser eye surgery is right for you will be a choice that you need to undertake with your chosen eye doctor. Nevertheless, there are some factors that could make PRK a better solution
Both PRK and LASIK involve reshaping the cornea to alter the way in which light entering the eye refracts. The procedure to do this is virtually identical across both treatments with one difference, which occurs in the very first part of the surgery.
In order for the cornea to be
There are a number of different reasons why you might want to choose PRK laser eye surgery instead of LASIK.
Every patient’s eyes are unique, and some people have naturally thinner corneas than others. Unfortunately, this can make the process of creating the flap required in LASIK much trickier. Therefore, PRK tends to be a better option for patients with thinner corneas.
Flap complications are one of the biggest problems associated with LASIK laser eye surgery. If the flap isn’t made correctly it may not close properly at the end of the surgery, or microscopic debris may become trapped underneath it. Both of these problems can cause complications like distorted vision or optical aberrations.
Dry eye is a common side effect of laser eye surgery. However, it is much more common in patients who have chosen LASIK. This is attributed to the creation of the corneal flap which causes more disruption to the corneal nerves than LASIK. These nerves are responsible for sending signals to the brain to lubricate the eyes. If the nerves are compromised, the signal will not get through and the eyes will not be lubricated.
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