LASIK and PRK Co-Management

Want to wake up and see without visual aids? Thanks to laser vision correction procedures like LASIK and PRK, it’s never been easier to correct your vision and achieve visual freedom.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is the most popular elective medical procedure you can undergo. It corrects refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

During the procedure, the cornea is reshaped with lasers to improve how light refracts and focuses on the retina. Reshaping the cornea corrects refractive errors, ensuring you no longer rely on glasses and contact lenses to see the world around you.

What is PRK?

PRK is a laser vision correction procedure that also corrects refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Like LASIK, PRK uses lasers to reshape the cornea and improve how light refracts and focuses on the retina.

How are LASIK and PRK Different?

Although LASIK and PRK are laser vision correction procedures, they correct refractive errors differently. LASIK’s success comes from creating a flap in the cornea with a femtosecond laser. 

The flap is lifted, and an excimer laser is used to remove a precise amount of tissue from the cornea, based on your prescription. After reshaping the cornea, the flap is placed back down and repositioned, where it fuses with the cornea without needing stitches. 

With PRK, instead of creating a flap in the cornea, epithelium is removed. Epithelium is the outer layer of the cornea.

Removing the epithelium helps expose the underlying corneal tissue to allow it to be reshaped with the excimer laser. Because no flap is created during PRK, it’s often a better choice for patients with thin corneas, dry eye, or those who are not good LASIK candidates but still want to correct their vision.

What is Co-Management?

EyeLux Optometry proudly offers a co-management structure to encourage trust in the doctor-patient relationship throughout your eye care journey. When you have a vision correction procedure like LASIK or PRK with us, the eye doctor you begin treatment with is the same eye doctor you’ll continue seeing during follow-up appointments after your procedure.

Co-management ensures that you receive comprehensive and well-rounded care. Your optometrist and ophthalmologist will work together as a team to monitor your eyes as they heal, track your visual progress, and address any potential complications that may come up. 

Having a collaborative approach ensures that you receive comprehensive eye care, no matter what step of your vision correction journey you may be on.

Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK or PRK?

If you want better vision, the next step is finding out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK or PRK. You may be a good candidate for these procedures if:

The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for procedures like LASIK and PRK is to schedule a consultation. During this consultation, we will conduct a comprehensive eye exam.

We will also measure the thickness of your corneas, determine your current prescription, and ensure your eyes are as healthy as possible. If your corneas are thinner than recommended for LASIK, you may be a better candidate for PRK instead. 

Because no flap is created during PRK, it’s often recommended for patients with thinner corneas, dry eyes, or stronger prescriptions than LASIK can safely treat.

Find out if you could be a suitable LASIK or PRK candidate by scheduling a consultation at EyeLux Optometry in San Diego, CA, now.

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