Thanks to advancements in medical technology, thousands of individuals undergo surgery to permanently correct their vision each year. LASIK and PRK eye surgery are two very popular options for patients seeking to improve their quality of life with better vision. While the two surgeries correct the same vision problems, some patients make better candidates for one type of surgery over the other. Let’s take a look at what makes a good candidate for each surgery.
- Must be 18 or older.
- Overall good health, no conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, vascular disease, or immune system issues.
- No eye diseases such as keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease or retinal and optic nerve diseases.
- No eye muscular problems like lazy eye or any muscle imbalances.
- Must not be nursing or pregnant due to the fact that hormones may affect the stability of your prescription.
- Patients must not be sufferers of persistent dry eyes.
- Patients’ vision must be unchanging for at least one year prior to the procedure.
- Contacts must not be worn for a determined length of time set by your doctor to ensure corneal stability for the surgery.
- Patients must have a corneal thickness of at least 0.5 mm for the procedure.
There are few differences in candidates for PRK surgery-
- Patients who are very active or participate in contact sports.
- Patients with corneas that are too thin to qualify for LASIK
- Allergy sufferers that may be more likely to vigorously scratch or rub their eyes.
- Extreme myopic patients with prescriptions over ‑5.00 diopters.
It’s best to discuss both options with your doctor and decide which surgery is best for you based on the number of factors listed above. Whichever procedure you choose, LASIK or PRK, you will surely be satisfied with your choice.