LASIK is a quick and pain-free procedure that corrects your refractive error, so you no longer need glasses.
This treatment can be carried out produce clearer, sharper vision in just 15 minutes.
The procedure involves using a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. The flap is then peeled open and a second excimer laser is applied to reshape the deeper layers of the cornea to correct the focus of the eye. The flap is then replaced and heals typically within five days of surgery.
PRK is a quick and pain-free procedure that corrects your refractive error, so you no longer need glasses.
First anaesthetic drops are applied to the eye to numb the area and prevent all discomfort during the treatment. Then a device is used to hold the eyelids apart to stop the eye blinking. We then gently remove the outer layer of the cornea, so an area is exposed for a laser to reshape the cornea. The laser reshapes the cornea so light can enter the eye and properly focus on the retina allowing for clear vision.
After the treatment, we place a soft contact lens onto the cornea to protect your eye.
The recovery time for PRK is longer than other laser vision correction options, this is because it can take several days for new epithelial cells to regenerate and cover the outer layer of the eye. This can cause patients more discomfort during the first few days of recovery.
However, compared to other laser eye surgery treatments, such as LASIK and LASEK, there is no risk of corneal flap complications.