Choosing the Right Laser Treatment on Eyes: LASIK vs. PRK

In the ever-evolving landscape of vision correction, laser eye treatments have emerged as a revolutionary solution, offering clarity and freedom from glasses or contacts. But with various options available, how do you determine the best laser treatment for your eyes? Let’s delve into the world of laser eye surgery to find out.

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis)

  • LASIK involves creating a thin flap on the cornea, which is then lifted to allow reshaping of the underlying tissue with a laser.
  • This procedure typically offers rapid visual recovery, with many patients experiencing improved vision within hours.
  • LASIK is well-suited for individuals with adequate corneal thickness and stable refractive errors.



PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

  • PRK differs from LASIK in that it does not involve creating a corneal flap; instead, the outer layer of the cornea is gently removed before the laser treatment.
  • While PRK may entail a longer recovery period compared to LASIK, it may be preferred for individuals with thinner corneas or unstable refractive errors.
  • PRK carries a lower risk of complications associated with flap creation, making it a safer option for certain patients.

Factors to Consider

  1. Corneal Thickness: LASIK may be more suitable for individuals with adequate corneal thickness, whereas PRK is often preferred for those with thinner corneas.
  2. Recovery Time: LASIK generally offers a faster visual recovery, while PRK may involve a slightly longer healing process.
  3. Stability of Refractive Error: The stability of your refractive error is crucial in determining the suitability of LASIK or PRK.
  4. Risk of Complications: Both LASIK and PRK are safe procedures, but each carries its own set of potential risks and benefits.


Schedule your appointment with Dr. Alexandra Chebil®, one of the most recognized LASIK surgeons in Orange County, and see if you qualify for LASIK or PRK!