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Any surgery, particularly on such a sensitive area as the eye, includes risks. PRK is considered safer than LASIK because the surgeon does not cut into the cornea, but works only on the surface.
Many of the risks of PRK are the same as those for LASIK. Night glare is a fairly common side effect and will improve with time. There is also a risk of not getting the precise correction needed, so that you may still need corrective lenses after the surgery. When you reach your 40s, you may still need reading glasses for presbyopia.
The FDA and FTC have required providers of PRK and other laser surgeries to inform patients about the risks in their advertising and in preoperative consultations. If you don't feel you're getting full information, ask questions, and consider using another provider.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|