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What If I am not a candidate for LASIK?
There are two primary techniques used in Laser Vision Correction. Lamellar ablation, or LASIK, is when the laser treatment is performed “between the layers” of the Cornea and therefore requires more corneal tissue. Surface ablation, such as PRK, is the technique whereby the treatment is performed on the surface of the Cornea, and is sometimes chosen as a treatment options for patients not eligible for LASIK.
PRK (also referred to as LASEK)
PRK has been FDA approved since 1995, and has withstood the test of time in terms of safety, efficacy and predictability. During the PRK/LASEK procedure the laser energy is applied to the surface of the cornea after the epithelium (or outermost layer) has been removed. This reshaping of the cornea allows for light rays to be focused in a crisp image on the retina, thus eliminating the need for an optical prescription. Because PRK removes a thin layer of the corneal epithelium, patients typically have a mild amount of discomfort in the first few days after surgery and a slightly slower healing process than with LASIK. However, PRK may be a safer surgical option for some patients. The doctors at See Clearly Vision take great pride in their conservative approach to Laser Vision Correction and will discuss with you which procedure they believe will give the best results for your eyes.