Frequently Asked Questions about PresbyLasik
Who is a good candidate?
In general, a patient who is qualified for LASIK is also a good candidate for TransPRK.
Some general guidelines for candidacy include the following:
- At least 18 years old
- Not pregnant or nursing
- Stable prescription for at least one year
- Free from eye injuries and infection for at least one year
- Not suffering from dry eye syndrome
- No issues with keratoconus
Is LASIK more dangerous and can cause more flap complications than TransPRK?
FALSE. TransPRKactually causes more trauma to the eye than LASIK as the corneal epithelium has to be vaporized. This means that with TransPRK, the chances of corneal scarring and infection are higher, it is more painful, and recovery time is longer.
In general, LASIK treatments have excellent safety profiles and high success rates. The best way to minimize post-surgical complications is to choose an experienced surgeon and provider whom you feel comfortable with.
Does TransPRK not touch the eye? Is TransPRK safer than LASIK?
FALSE. All eye laser treatments involve contact with the eye. This may be in the form of surgical instruments or lasers. Both LASIK and TransPRK treatments make use of an excimer laser to reshape the cornea.
Is TransPRK better suited for athletes/active individuals?
NOT NECESSARILY. In almost all cases, the flap heals after a month. After recovery, the cornea returns to normal. Patients are able to resume playing contact sports (tennis, basketball, soccer, etc.) after a month. In addition, if you were to be hit directly in the eye during contact sports, you are likely to sustain eye injuries, regardless of the type of surgery you had done.
Which is a better option: LASIK or TransPRK?
There is no one-fits-all treatment. Both refractive procedures are very safe. The risk of problems for both is very small.
However, unless there are good reasons to perform TransPRK, we believe that LASIK is still the best solution for most patients. It offers the best-possible vision correction, faster recovery, and better visual results.
Your comprehensive eye screening results and evaluation with our ophthalmologist will be able to let you know which is best for you.
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