If you’re one of those people who hates wearing glasses, then corrective treatment, like LASIK eye surgery, might be right for you. However, the market is bombarded with new procedures and it’s difficult to know which one is the best option.
There are two types of corrective surgeries for eyes – one is a LASIK (Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis) procedure and the other is PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy). These can be slightly tweaked or modified, according to your particular medical profile, to create customised restorative processes.
Some of the most common of these variations include:
• PRK – In this surgery, the outmost layer of the cornea is removed, and a laser is used to reshape the tissue under the surface. After the procedure, the epithelium grows back. The recovery period is somewhat longer than with other procedures and healing can be slightly more uncomfortable than with LASIK. This is the ideal option for those who have thin corneas that that could be damaged by an incision.
• LASIK – A microkeratome metal blade is used to cut open a corneal flap, through which the laser reshapes the lens. It’s a painless procedure, done in a few minutes and has instant results. The healing process is also much faster than with PRK.
• Epi-LASEK – This modified version of the popular procedure utilises a “separator” – a device used to preserve a layer of epithelium that is replaced after the surgery. This process reduces the pain and discomfort, and is ideal for patients who need to have a PRK, but with a shorter healing time.
Although laser eye surgeries are safe, they’re not suitable for everyone. At the end of the day, your medical history needs to be taken into account. Contact us today to find out if you’re eligible for one of these life-changing procedures.