Should You Get SMILE, LASIK, or PRK Eye Surgery?

Learn the differences between SMILE vs LASIK vs PRK! In this video we review how laser eye surgery works, an overview of Relex SMILE vs lasik vs PRK eye surgery and some pros and cons of each. PLUS some tips on finding a eye surgeon near you!

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—- Key Items Reviewed in this video —-
Femto LASIK eye surgery –
Lasik stands for Laser Assisted In situ Keratomileusis. This is where a flap is created in the anterior cornea using a Femto second laser. This flap is folded back and a excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea to compensate for glasses and contact lenses.

Relex Smile Surgery –
SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. This is where a femto laser carves a small lenticule within the cornea and then that lenticule is removed through a 2-3mm incision. Similar to LASIK, SMILE has a very fast recovery time.

PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy
This eye surgery involves removing the corneal epithelium (most often with an alcohol solution) and then the use of an excimer laser directly onto the cornea. PRK has a longer healing time than LASIK or SMILE.

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About this video:
If you have been considering lasik eye surgery, then you may have heard of prk surgery and Relex Smile eye surgery. Prk and Relex SMILE are commonly performed eye laser surgeries as an alternative to lasik. Although all of these eye surgeries have very similar results in visual recovery, prk requires a longer recovery time vs lasik and SMILE surgery is so new that some clinics may not offer it. In addition, there are several other factors to consider between prk vs lasik vs smile. This video briefly discusses how corneal thickness, prescription power and dry eyes may influence which procedure you go with.

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