Why we prefer IntraLASIK (IL) under a protective flap over PRK (surface treatment).
In April, I was pleased to attend and participate in the ASCRS (Amercian Society of Cateract and Refractive Surgery) Symposium in Chicago, Illinois. The ladies in the office were dismayed that I didn’t get to catch any tapings of Oprah, but I was very pleased to present the results of a year-long comparison of outcomes among patients who received two different types of procedures. Our results supported Beach Eye Care’s use of the IntraLASIK procedure over a PRK surface treatment in most cases.
Our survey of outcomes showed that patients who received IntraLASIK under a protective flap had higher overall satisfaction and more improved vision. With IntraLASIK, our patients had faster recovery times than those who had PRK. They also achieved 20/20 vision more frequently and there were more reports that vision without correction was as good as or better than it was with glasses or contacts. Another plus for IntraLASIK – fewer patients required enhancements or touch-up second procedures that are sometimes required.
PRK is preferred for some patients, specifically those with very thin corneas or those who present with abnormal curves that show up using Pentacam eye scanning technology.
So, if you’ve been leaning toward one or the other, make sure you have all the facts about the procedure that is the most appropriate for your vision needs and your eye anatomy.
– Dr. Neatrour