Originally Posted by st2eelpot
If I'm not mistaken, PRK is the predecessor to Lasik. I think this has more side effects (otherwise Lasik wouldn't have become as popular?) but it's been years since I did the homework. (Sensitivity to altitude? cold? decreased night vision)?
The two people I know that had the PRK done did so in the mid to late 90s. I recall them mentioning seeing halos around lights, but said they learned to ignore them and loved having had it done with no regrets. It's been years, so I don't recall if they had any of the other brainstormed side effects I mentioned above.
Malleypc- any experience with any of those side effects?
No side effects for me, though I do remember being warned they are possible (for either Lasik or PRK).
My understanding is Lasik became the preferred procedure due to the nearly instant results and lower pain / discomfort level.
The pain level is not so great in my experience, but I've had both rotator cuffs repaired as well as neck and foot surgery. Those were painful recoveries.
I was told PRK is the only procedure aproved for military flight status mainly due to Lasik's ongoing risk of flap complications that are nonexistant for PRK.