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  • Dr. Ryan Corte

LASIK or PRK Eye Surgery? Which Is Right for You?

Updated: May 12, 2021

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you've probably wondered if refractive surgery (LASIK or PRK) is right for you. Honestly, this depends on a number of factors!


First off, both LASIK and PRK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Also, if you're having trouble seeing up close, you may be interested in monovision refractive surgery. During monovision, your dominant eye is corrected for the distance while your non-dominant eye is corrected for up close.

What's the main difference?

The MAIN difference between LASIK and PRK is that a flap is created on the front of your eye during LASIK. On the other hand, alcohol is used to remove the front layer of your eye during PRK. Regardless of which procedure you choose, a laser is used to specially shape the front of your eye so you can see!

Recovery time

Recovering from LASIK is much quicker than PRK (which can sometimes take a couple of months for clear, comfortable vision). BUT, since there isn't a flap created, PRK is a more structurally sound procedure. Therefore, it's recommended if you're in high impact sports or work environments (including the armed services).

Interested in scheduling an eye exam with one of our optometrists? Give us a call or simply schedule online: Northlake Mall | Concord Mills | Biltmore Park | Asheville Mall

Lastly, below are a few videos from that further explain these procedures! Enjoy :)

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