West Coast Eye Institute
FACTS about LASIK
LASIK/PRK is a permanent correction of the refractive error of your eye
- LASIK/PRK reshapes the cornea to help you obtain better quality of vision.
- LASIK and PRK are very similar procedures with the same end goal; however, the right procedure for you is largely recommended by our providers.
- The only way to know if LASIK is right for you is to get a free consultation.
LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery to treat myopia(nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
The word "LASIK" is an acronym for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis."
Like other types of refractive surgery, the LASIK procedure reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision.
LASIK surgery is essentially pain-free and takes only about 15 minutes for both eyes. The results — improved vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses — begin immediately after the procedure and vision usually continues to improve and stabilize over a few days.
If you're not a good LASIK candidate, a number of other vision correction surgeries are available, such as PRK and LASEK laser eye surgery and phakic IOL surgery.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK, is another method of surgically reshaping the cornea using the excimer laser and is used in circumstances when LASIK cannot be safely performed. The PRK specialists at our Bakersfield, California clinic will determine whether you are a candidate for either procedure. PRK is a form of refractive surgery, similar to LASIK. The main difference between LASIK and PRK is that during PRK, the corneal flap is not created and the procedure is performed on the outer surface of the cornea. Most patients are candidates for LASIK, however PRK is the best option for some.