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|CLICK FOR REALVIDEO:VIEW A LASIK PROCEDURE
|LASIK (LASER IN SITU KERATOMILEUSIS) is now the most commonly done and best procedure at this time. It is usually done bilaterally, and allows for very quick recovery. Read detailed LASIK info and watch the LASIK video.
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|PRK (PHOTO REFRACTIVE KERATECTOMY) has been replaced by LASIK as the procedure of choice, requires longer recovery time, but is still an option. I (Dr. Steve Briggs) had PRK on 2/10/97 to correct myopia and astigmatism. Watch my procedure online or in our office: preparation video
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|VIEW A PRK PROCEDURE
|In PRK, the laser reshaping of the cornea is done on the corneal surface, after removing the outer epithelium. In LASIK, a corneal flap is created in the top third of the cornea, and the re-shaping done internally. Otherwise, the two procedures are essentially identical. procedure video
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|PRK POST-OP: BANDAGE CL
|PRK requires longer recovery time, because the epithelium must grow back, whereas in LASIK, all that has to heal is the hemispherical flap incision. However, LASIK is contra-indicated in some people, such as some diabetics or people that have had retinal detachments. You can read my PRK recovery journal here. post-op video
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|Contra-indications, realistic expectations, and what are the different techniques used? Here is some background on less commonly performed procedures and alternatives to refractive surgery.
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