No matter what, you know that you need to break up with your glasses sooner or later. Contacts or glasses, whichever you wear, pose issues that get in the way of you living your life. And especially with summer here, they can get in the way of your summer vacation plans.

We are proud to offer Retinal laser surgery to help correct astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia. We can help you see without those annoying contacts! Interested in having one of these problems corrected? Keep reading to learn the basics of Retinal Laser Surgery and how it is different from LASIK.

It’s likely that you’ve heard of LASIK, but did you know that Retinal Laser Surgery (also called PRK, which stands for photorefractive keratectomy) is actually older and may be better suited to your needs? PRK was a precursor to LASIK surgery and it’s actually PRK is better suited for correcting certain eye issues.

How are they similar?

Both PRK and LASIK focus on correcting vision problems via the use of lasers. They reshape the cornea so light entering the eye can properly focus on the retina which results in clearer vision. Often, the vision results are similar in patients after either surgery is performed, but it’s what affects you that indicates what may be best for you.

How are they different?

Depending on your eye health, you may not be a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Essentially, to be a good candidate for LASIK surgery, your eyes must have a certain amount of cornea thickness. If you don’t have that thickness, LASIK isn’t going to be an option. Thankfully, PRK is suitable for patients who may have a thinner cornea, since PRK doesn’t create a corneal flap on the patient’s eye.

Are you ready to ditch the glasses and throw away your last pair of contacts? PRK could be the best thing you do all year. If you are interested in learning more about retinal surgery, or are you are interested in learning if you are a good candidate, call us at (847) 677-2794 to schedule a consultation!

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