PRK vs. LASIK: Which Is Right For You?

Ophthalmologist & LASIK Surgeon Serving Chicago, Lombard & Naperville areas of Illinois

Posted: February 20, 2018

Do you need LASIK or PRK for clear vision?If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism and want to correct your vision so you don't need glasses or contacts anymore, there are two safe and effective eye surgeries available. Almost everyone has heard of LASIK, but you may not know about PRK. These two procedures are very similar, but depending on certain factors, you may be a better candidate for one over the other.

The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate for LASIK or PRK is to have an in-person consultation at Foulkes Vision. Give us a call at 630-724-1400 to schedule your consultation today.

What Is the Difference Between PRK and LASIK?

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK both reshape the cornea in order to correct refractive vision errors and improve your eyesight. However, the method used to achieve this differs. In PRK, a portion of the cornea is removed in order to reshape the underlying corneal tissue, whereas with LASIK a flap is made in the cornea through which the corneal tissue is reshaped.

Recovery from PRK takes slightly longer, as the portion of the cornea that was removed needs time to regrow. In addition, it may take slightly longer for you to achieve optimal vision after PRK. However, PRK is very safe, and has been around for even longer than LASIK.

Dr. Foulkes has decades of experience performing both of these procedures, and has seen similar rates of patient satisfaction with both. While LASIK is generally his first choice, if you are not a candidate for LASIK, PRK may be the solution.

Are You A Better Candidate for PRK or LASIK?

If you are not a candidate for LASIK, you are likely still a candidate for PRK vision correction. You may be a better candidate for PRK if you:

  • Have thin corneas
  • Have a history of dry eyes
  • Have large pupils
  • Have had LASIK surgery before

During your consultation, Dr. Foulkes will examine your eyes and determine if you would benefit more from LASIK or PRK. Although PRK is less well known than LASIK, it is equally effective in helping you achieve clear vision. You can rest assured that no matter which procedure you are a candidate for, you will be able to enjoy glasses-free vision afterwards.

PRK and LASIK both correct mild to moderate refractive vision errors. If you have a different type of vision problem, such as severe myopia or cataracts, these procedures will not help. Dr. Foulkes will give you an honest assessment and let you know the best treatment for your individual case.

Schedule Your LASIK or PRK Consultation

If you are ready to ditch your glasses, call Foulkes Vision today at 630-724-1400 to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you improve your vision and your life.

We serve patients in Chicago, Lombard, Downers Grove, and other nearby areas of Illinois.

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