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Advanced Surface Procedures (PRK/LASEK/epi-LASEK) vs LASIK

Depth of Treatment Superficial 20% Depth
Intraoperative Pain None None
Postoperative Pain Mild to Moderate for 24-48 Hours None
Postoperative Medication
(eye drops)
1-3 Months 4 Days
Visual Recovery 1-3 Days Hours
Return to Work 3 Days Next Day
Risk of Complications Low Low
Risk of Haze Formation 1% Rare

Visual results (i.e. uncorrected visual acuity) are typically the same at three months, six months and one year postoperatively, regardless of whether you have a surface procedure or LASIK.