Benefits of LASIK
LASIK offers similar benefits to PRK i.e. it modifies the cornea of your eye in order to help improve eyesight.
Both techniques can also treat:
- nearsightedness (also known as myopia): the inability to see distant objects clearly
- farsightedness (also known as hyperopia): the inability to see close objects clearly
- astigmatism: an irregular eye shape that causes blurry vision
People will commonly choose PRK because they’re not suitable for LASIK (due to their cornea being too thin).
Benefits of PRK
PRK offers the same benefits as LASIK.
The big benefit of PRK is that it’s very safe if there was ever an inadvertent eye injury. So for example, you can still continue to work in the emergency services or in the military if you’ve had PRK, whereas you may not be suitable for those occupations after LASIK.
The same is true for aviation and being a pilot. With that being said, the US Navy and even NASA allow its astronauts to have all-laser LASIK for their personnel because LASIK is sufficiently safe and the downtime is so much shorter. So these policies vary depending on your specific situation.
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