Some people who would like to see without glasses aren't candidates for LASIK, but are still candidates for another corneal reshaping procedure called PRK or advanced surface ablation or LASEK. What this is, is it utilizes the exact same laser that we use with LASIK, except instead of making a flap of tissue prior to reshaping the eye, we simply reshape the surface of the eye. Now, that procedure is generally thought of as the safest of all the laser vision correction procedures out there. The results are indistinguishable from LASIK. It's the same from that standpoint. The one difference is is that with the surface laser ablation treatments, the visual recovery is a little bit slower.
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