Saturday, December 10, 2011

LASIK & PRK for Low Myopia

Question: My eye surgeon says I can have either LASIK Surgery or PRK. I have low myopia and astigmatism. Which is better-which should I do?

Answer: With careful patient selection, realistic goals and expectations and an experienced and skilled LASIK Surgeon, the results from both LASIK and PRK are virtually identical. LASIK patients tend to have a quicker visual and somewhat more comfortable initial few days after their treatment-but the final visual results are the same. Because LASIK requires the preparation of a "flap" it is a two step procedure and thus has a slightly higher side effect and potential complication rate. Ask your LASIK Surgeon to help you decide by asking what he would have in a case like yours.

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