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I have some questions about laser surgery.
Ideally I would prefer not to wear contacts or glasses because I have a very active lifestyle - swimming, skiing, basketball, martial arts - all activities that I am concerned glasses or contacts would interfere with.
I have read a lot about laser surgery but have not been able to find definitive answers to a few questions. I don't care about the cost difference or the time it takes to recover best vision - I want the best possible results long term with the least risk of complications..
I know PRK and LASIK are the 2 most popular types. I am only aware of a few differences. LASIK cuts a flap into the cornea that never heals and PRK does not. And PRK takes longer recovery because the entire outer layer of the cornea is removed and needs to re-grow.
Are there any other key differences I should know about?
Are the statistics for best achieved visual acuity higher with PRK or with LASIK?
Which is less likely to cause complications - worsened night vision, halos, starbursts, or permanent complications?
How well does the LASIK flap re-attach to the cornea? How much force would it take to detach it? Would chronic irritation cause it to eventually come loose, such as rubbing the eyes, swimming or contact sports?In the case that there were complications with either PRK or LASIK what is the probability that they can be successfully corrected?