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Which one of PRK and LASIK surgeries is good to correct refractive errors?

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Posted on Fri, 29 May 2015
Question: Which EYE surgery is good? PRK or LASIK
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Answered by Dr. V. N. S. Parinam (29 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Both give equal outcomes

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

Whether PRK or LASIK that you choose the results of visual outcome would be the same. However LASIK is more advanced than traditional PRK which is done by less equipped centres. LASIK the recovery is faster becasue the surgeon scraps deeper layers of cornea and smoothen the irregular cornea after creating a flap. Whereas the PRK the epithelium (outer layer) is rounded so the healing is slower as the cornea does not have blood supply to heal the outer layer.

The amount of irritation burning and dryness is more in PRK and hence need to use artificial drops for longer duration up to 3 months.

Hope this helps to decide.
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Which one of PRK and LASIK surgeries is good to correct refractive errors?

Brief Answer: Both give equal outcomes Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX Whether PRK or LASIK that you choose the results of visual outcome would be the same. However LASIK is more advanced than traditional PRK which is done by less equipped centres. LASIK the recovery is faster becasue the surgeon scraps deeper layers of cornea and smoothen the irregular cornea after creating a flap. Whereas the PRK the epithelium (outer layer) is rounded so the healing is slower as the cornea does not have blood supply to heal the outer layer. The amount of irritation burning and dryness is more in PRK and hence need to use artificial drops for longer duration up to 3 months. Hope this helps to decide.