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Laser eye surgery: PRK versus LASIK

Once people decide they want to have laser eye surgery, they then have to decide on where to have the operation carried out – and opt for a procedure.

Here at Advanced Vision Care we use the LASIK method – which stands for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis – because we believe it is the best method for the greatest eye surgery results.

Indeed, our Harley Street-based surgeons are world leaders in their field for using LASIK and this blog post will explain why. I will also explain more about PRK, which we no longer undertake at our clinic.

Why LASIK is best for your eye surgery

We were one of the first to use LASIK on both eyes and we’ve been at the forefront of eye surgery development for 20 years. We have the experience and knowledge and the dedication to bring the very best in LASIK eye surgery to our patients.

LASIK not only brings the best results for eye surgery but also has the least discomfort – a major issue for people who are wondering how painful eye surgery can be. The equipment also means that the recovery for a patient is also much quicker.

Indeed, there’s no reason to worry because our surgery takes no more than 30 minutes.

The operation itself is straight-forward. After cleaning your eye, we fix an attachment to keep the eyelid open and then make a small incision in the corneal flap. This may feel strange when the IntraLase (blade-free) laser creates a thin corneal flap  into your cornea (the eye’s surface) but it will not hurt.

This flap is then moved to one side and we do the work necessary to correct your vision. The flap is replaced and because it’s only a thin cut, your eye will recover more quickly and you will be back to normal (though with perfect vision!).

It should be noted that we also add a protective soft contact lens to the eye for up to 48 hours to help protect it. The lenses are removed at the first aftercare appointment.

PRK for your laser eye surgery

Before the ground-breaking LASIK laser eye surgery came along, the commonly used method was PRK – which stands for photorefractive keratectomy. The biggest difference between the two procedures is that the LASIK only needs to remove a small flap of the cornea whereas the PRK method sees the whole of the epithelial (outer) layer being removed .

PRK was the first laser eye surgery available and it is still available from some clinics. Recovery takes longer but for some patients there are advantages of using PRK over LASIK.

So which is best: PRK or LASIK for eye surgery?

Here at Advanced Vision Care we believe the results of using LASIK speak for themselves. Leaving aside the relatively pain-free process and faster recovery time, we have found that ALL of our patients have eyesight that will achieve driving standard level and 95% will achieve 20/20 vision.

That is the real attraction for LASIK eye surgery but not everyone is suitable for it. It’s only really for those with prescriptions up to:

  • -9 DS (short-sight)
  • +5.00DS (long-sight)
  • -5.00DC (astigmatism)

Come along for a consultation at Advanced Vision Care in Harley Street, London, and we will tell you whether you are suitable for LASIK eye surgery or another form of vision correction surgery.

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