Lasik vs. PRK

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Lasik vs. PRK

Postby charlie-w » Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:28 pm

Hi all!

I just found this site and found a lot of useful information. I've been thinking about Lasik for several years, and finally decided to take the plunge! I made evaluation appointments with 4 different places so I could get an idea of what's available, and all said I was a good candidate- my prescription is -2.75 in both eyes, and my corneas are thick enough. However, the last doctor I saw said he would recommend PRK instead of Lasik because I have a "decentered apex" and he wanted to be more conservative. He showed me the corneal scans they did, and I saw what he was talking about. None of the other doctors mentioned this in their evaluations.

I don't think being conservative is necessarily a bad thing, but does this make sense to anyone here? Has anyone else had this done? I understand PRK will have a bit longer recovery time and be a little more uncomfortable, but I'm willing to do it if it means better results in the end. What is an "average" recovery time for PRK?

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Postby LasikExpert » Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:01 am

For someone with a very low refractive error, a surface ablation technique like PRK, LASEK, or Epi-Lasik should be investigated. The vision recovery is a bit slower, but you eliminate any possibility of a Lasik flap problem during surgery or in the future.

The decentration of apex may be very slight and was not considered worrisome by the other doctors.
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