There are 3 different forms of corrective laser surgery, so let’s take a quick look at them so you’re totally clear on the differences.
This is the most common and effective type of laser treatment available today. Using an exceptionally high precision laser, a small flap is made in your cornea (the front part of your eye) and the laser is used to alter your corneal tissue to reverse any refractive errors. Once these errors are fixed, you’ll no longer require corrective lenses!
Sadly not everyone is a suitable candidate for this surgery, for example those with thin corneas. It’s important to have a thorough eye exam to learn which surgery is best for you.
LASEK & PRK
Unlike LASIK, LASEK involves removing the front layer of the cornea entirely, before replacing it at the end of surgery. In PRK, this layer (the epithelial lining) is removed but not replaced; it grows back naturally very quickly (within 1-2 weeks).
Both surgeries are very successful, and often it is simply down to personal preference which option you opt for.