PRK Surgery Explained – PRK vs. LASIK

Photo refractive keratectomy or PRK is one type of laser correction surgery.  During PRK the surface of the cornea is reshaped using an excimer laser.  But how does PRK differ from LASIK?

The PRK procedure is an option for patients with corneal scars or irregularities, or for patients who prefer a no-flap treatment. This technique has many names.

  • No Flap Laser Surgery
  • LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis)
  • Surface LASIK
  • Epithelial LASIK
  • Epi-LASIK
  • Advanced Surface Ablation

PRK Cost vs. Lasik Cost

The cost of PRK surgery varies based on surgeon and location, but the national average in 2015 as reported by Market Scope is approximately $2081 per eye.  LASIK on the other hand has a national average of $1000 to $2,700 per eye.

PRK Recovery vs. Lasik Recovery

With PRK, the laser treatment is performed directly on the surface of the cornea without making a flap.  The recovery period is a bit longer and requires 3 to 5 days until the surface epithelium is healed.  Patients experience a faster recovery after LASIK correction surgery, they can generally resume normal activities as early as the next day.

PRK vs. Lasik Side Effects

During the PRK surgery no corneal flap is created therefore the surface must heal on its own.  The biggest concern is scarring or risk of infection although infection is rare with both choices.   In LASIK correction, a flap is made prior to the LASIK treatment, the flap acts as a protective barrier while the treated area heals.

Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. offers a variety of LASIK treatment options; during your complimentary consultation she will discuss all the options available to you in order for you to make an informed decision about your custom LASIK treatment.

If you’re ready to discuss all your Lasik options, schedule a complimentary evaluation in our Orange County LASIK Center with Dr. Alexandra Chebil in Newport Beach CA.  She will discuss all the options and the details about the PRK vs. the LASIK treatment.