Frequently Asked Questions about Lasik and PRK


Am I a good candidate for Laser Eye Surgery?

Every person has a unique set of eyes and their own unique goals they want to accomplish with laser vision correction. Common reasons for doing LASIK are myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Determining whether you are a good candidate for laser vision correction begins with and in depth discussion with your eye specialist. 

Specific requirements that must be met before undergoing laser vision correction include:

  • Age 21 Years or Older
  • Stable vision for at least one year
  • Not currently pregnant or nursing

Information on dry eyes is featured below. 

Is LASIK safe?

Lasik, or (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an FDA recognized and approved procedure to treat myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Operation of the laser includes safeguards to not only perform a safe procedure but  to deliver the highest quality treatments. Like any surgical procedure there are risks, but fortunately they are very rare.

Most common reported symptoms after LASIK include dry eye and glare or halos at night. Glare and halos lasting longer than 6 months are rare with modern laser vision correction protocols.For information on dry eyes, please see below.  

What is the difference between LASIK and PRK.

In LASIK a laser is used to create a flap in the cornea. Next the flap is lifted, the vision correction treatment is performed, and the flap is positioned back into place. 

In PRK(photorefractive keratectomy), the treatment is done to the superficial most layer of the cornea. 

Determining whether you are a candidate for LASIK vs PRK depends on your refraction(myopia,hyperopia, or astigmatism) and only can be determined during a discussion with your eye surgeon. 

The physicians at Lasik Phoenix are ready to serve your laser vision correction needs! Call today. 

I have dry eyes, I am I still a good candidate for LASIK or PRK?

Only your LASIK surgeon can discuss your potential treatmeat options with you. If you are affected by dry eyes, LASIK may worsen your dry eye symptoms. Upon initial consultation you may be treated with 4-8 weeks of artificial tears or medicines to improve the health of the surface of your eyes prior to undergoing LASIK. In severe cases, dry eyes may prohibit you from undergoing laser vision correction altogether.

Dry Eye - Collagen Punctal Plugs

Have dry eyes? Dr. Heller uses collagen punctual plugs on all patients at or around the time of lasik/laser vision correction surgery. Below is an informational video about what they are.