If you wish you could see clearly without the hassles of contact lenses or wearing glasses, it may be time to consider laser vision correction with LASIK or PRK. The expert team of ophthalmologists at La Jolla Laser MedSpa offers both LASIK and PRK at their location in La Jolla, California. To find out if LASIK or PRK laser eye surgery is right for you, call or book an appointment online.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a type of laser eye surgery for vision correction. PRK was the first type of laser treatment for vision correction and the predecessor to the LASIK procedure.
Similar to LASIK, PRK improves vision by reshaping the cornea with specialized lasers. The main difference between the PRK and LASIK procedures lies in the first step.
During a PRK procedure, an expert ophthalmologist at La Jolla Laser MedSpa begins by gently removing a thin layer from the surface of your cornea. Then, they reshape the underlying corneal tissue with an excimer laser, just like in LASIK.
The surface of your cornea regenerates within a few days after surgery. The team at La Jolla Laser MedSpa supplies you with a special eye bandage while the surface of your cornea heals.
The LASIK procedure differs from PRK in that it doesn’t involve removal of the surface of your cornea. Instead, your ophthalmologist at La Jolla Laser MedSpa uses a special laser to create a flap on your cornea.
Then, they lift the flap to expose the corneal tissue and reshape it with an excimer laser. When the cornea reshaping is complete, they replace the flap.
When it comes to vision correction, the results of PRK are similar to LASIK. However, PRK has a longer recovery period while the surface cells of the cornea grow back.
Though the results are comparable, each procedure has its own advantages and disadvantages. PRK is the preferred treatment for patients with a thin cornea because it doesn’t involve creating a corneal flap.
LASIK offers the benefit of a shorter healing time and reduced risk of eye infection after the procedure. Most men and women notice significant vision improvement about 24 hours after LASIK surgery.
First, the team at La Jolla Laser MedSpa performs a comprehensive eye exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for laser vision correction.
Before the procedure, they apply anesthetic eye drops so the surgery should be virtually painless. The actual laser treatment lasts only about one minute per eye, but the entire process can take about 30 minutes.
The speed of recovery and results depend on the specific treatment you get, but the team at La Jolla Laser MedSpa provides you with information on what to expect. Dry eye is a possible side effect of both treatments.
To schedule your laser vision correction consultation, call La Jolla Laser MedSpa or book an appointment online.