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    LASIK, PRK enhancements yield similar safety, efficacy, predictability

    Postoperative higher-order aberrations also appear to be comparable between two groups

     

    Guiding patients

    “There isn’t a ton of prospective data out there comparing these two procedures for enhancements, but anecdotally or just talking to other providers, there is a perception that PRK is less predictable,” she said. “At least in our hands, the outcomes appear to be comparable.”

    This study may prove useful to refractive surgeons guiding patients in their choice of enhancement procedures, Dr. Chen added.

    “Maybe for those who are concerned about the risk of epithelial ingrowth with a LASIK enhancement—but are hesitant to perform PRK surgery over a primary LASIK—this might give them more confidence in choosing PRK as their surgical technique,” she said.

     

    Lisa Y. Chen, MD

    E: [email protected]

    This article was adapted from Dr. Chen’s presentation at the 2017 meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Chen declares no relevant financial interests.

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