PRK vs LASIK

Find out the key similarities and differences between PRK and LASIK to determine which is a better option for you. Both PRK and LASIK are common procedures used to correct vision. There is no difference in the visual results of PRK and LASIK. These procedures are both able to correct:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)

  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)

  • Deviation of spherical curvature

LASIK

  • Can feel pressure while procedure happens

  • Eyes experience sensations up to 3 hours after procedure

  • Results of clear vision happens about 24 hours after procedure

  • Possible complications with corneal flap, though rare

PRK

  • Fast procedure

  • Minimal feeling of pressure during procedure

  • Irritation commonly felt up to 3 days after procedure

  • Clear vision happens gradually as your eye heals


PRK and LASIK are both low-risk procedures that are highly successful in correcting vision. Most patients achieve significant vision correction and are satisfied with either procedure.