Our eyes are the best partners of our body as compared to other organs. But due to lengthy years of physical and mental operation of the body, human eyes lose their productiveness. This problem is not only in old age people but youngsters can also face it at an early age.
PRK surgery and LASIK surgery are the famous treatment options to recover your natural eyesight. But people seem to be very confused about both the treatment options. This post is for those people who want to gain some basic knowledge before regaining their proper vision of eyes through medical treatment.
What is the Difference Between PRK and LASIK Surgery
Basically PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy, while LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis. The aim of both the surgeries is the same, but the process of their treatments are a little bit different.
LASIK surgery creates an epithelial flap on the topmost layer of the cornea, while PRK surgery removes the epithelium to give natural shape to the cornea. The cornea has a functionality to increase the focus of the light that passes through the retina.
Another difference is that PRK surgery healing can take several days as compared to the LASIK healing. A patient can feel some uncomfortable days with PRK surgery because the removed epithelial cells take some days to regenerate. But you can read a very great article here about how recovery from PRK surgery has been improved, and why people are preferring it more today.
What Precautions Should be taken after PRK Surgery
PRK surgery may cause patients to become sensitive towards light when going outside the house as well as to the sharp lighting source. At that time, eyes should not be rubbed, and getting water in the eyes should be avoided.
It can cause infection and the healing process can become slower. Doctors prescribe such patines eyeshields to avoid rubbing eyes accidentally during sleep. Night vision during the healing process takes some days to recover. So the doctors advise patients to avoid walking during night hours.
Dry eye is the side effect of the surgery because of the cornea that has recently received the surgery. The patient should carry liquid tears with them to wet the eyes. Patients also need to keep visiting the doctors for multiple checkups and monitoring of the recovery process.