Enhance the Vision through LASIK Surgery or PRK

LASIK vs. PRK - El Paso, TX


Jan 22, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — by Paul S. Gulbas, M.D
Tagged with: Lasik | Prk | Eye Care |

Illustration of a laser pointed at a patient’s eyeGlasses and contact lenses benefit patients by improving vision so that daily tasks can be performed without experiencing blurry, unfocused vision. Unfortunately, as beneficial as these prescriptive lenses are, they also require a lot of care and upkeep and, frankly, most patients tire of them eventually. Laser eye surgery offers effective, long-term treatment for refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Laser vision correction procedures can completely eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. While most people are familiar with LASIK, a highly popular laser vision correction procedure, this is not the only laser surgery available to patients. PRK is another laser procedure that can alter the shape of the cornea in order to improve a patient’s vision. The experienced eye doctors at El Paso Eye Surgeons discuss LASIK vs. PRK with our El Paso, TX patients to help them determine which treatment option is most appropriate for their unique needs.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery is a successful procedure that addresses imperfections of the cornea in order to treat vision impairment at its source. This is an effective treatment that can enhance a patient’s vision in a matter of minutes. During the procedure, a small incision is made on the surface of the cornea. This creates a flap that is then lifted so that alterations can be made to the inner layer of the corneal tissue. The ease and success of this treatment are just some of the reasons for its huge popularity. LASIK surgery is an ideal treatment option for patients who meet the following criteria:

  • LASIK patients must be 18 years of age or older
  • LASIK patients must have healthy eyes that are free of disease or infection
  • LASIK patients must have a vision prescription that has remained steady for a minimum of 12 months
  • LASIK patients must have a cornea that is thick enough to support the creation of a corneal flap

PRK Surgery

PRK surgery is another laser procedure that can successfully address vision problems to provide patients with clearer, more focused eyesight. As with LASIK, PRK achieves these results by altering the shape of the cornea in order to eliminate the source of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. However, the key difference between LASIK and PRK is that a PRK procedure does not require the formation of a corneal flap. Instead, during PRK surgery, the entire outer layer of the cornea is removed. This gives our eye surgeons access to the inner layer of cornea, where corrections will be made. After surgery, the outer layer of corneal tissues will regenerate. While recovery from PRK is slower than that of LASIK, the final results of treatment are similar. This makes PRK an excellent treatment option for patients who are poor LASIK candidates due to thin corneas.

Contact Us

At El Paso Eye Surgeons, our eye doctors always take our patient’s unique needs and desires into account when approaching treatment. If you are contemplating laser vision correction, our doctors will be happy to discuss these treatments with you in further detail. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about laser eye surgery.