PRK, ASA, SMILE or ICL? I'm totally confused
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What are all the refractive procedures?
1. LASIK cutting your eye w a metal blade
2. "bladeless" LASIK cutting your cornea in half with a femptosecond laser
3. SMILE which is removing a piece of your cornea but can't fix astigmatism or hyperopia
non-cutting: safer be no flap, ok for contact sports, doesn't cause dry eyes or night glare, but recovery longer:
1. PRK orig procedure hurts a LOT and takes FOREVER to heal
2. LASEK or alcohol-assisted PRK, way less pain, much quicker recovery
3. epiLASEK, most modern "advanced surface ablation" w the safety of PRK and quick recovery of LASIK (only problem is very few surgeons own an epi-keratome machine which is nec to perform this procedure)
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