Q) Lasik vs PRK for Thinner Cornea and Higher Prescription?
My corneal thickness is 520+/- in each eye. Left eye is -6 and right -5. No astigmatism in either eye. Which would you recommend and why? I’m 26 and very active. My thinner cornea, plus the creation of a flap worry me for Lasik. My higher prescription worries me for PRK. Customvue laser will be correcting my vision in either procedure.
A) LASIK or PRK in thin corneas and higher prescriptions
It is important that you feel comfortable with the procedure and the surgeon who performs the procedure. Either procedure can yield excellent results for your prescription, and with modern technology, including the iLASIK or CustomVue PRK, 98% of patients achieving 20/20 or better vision one year after surgery. In iLASIK, a thin flap is created with a laser using gas bubbles and the strength is less altered than in older LASIK procedures. While you think you prescription is high, it actually falls in the moderate category and your cornea, is normal, not that thin.
One cannot really determine what is best for you and your eyes without a thorough examination of the shape of your eyes. Side effects are possible with either procedure but speak with your doctor to determine the best procedure for you!