The cost of PRK varies based on where you live, your doctor, and the specifics of your condition. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,200 to $1,400 for PRK surgery.
The average cost of LASIK surgery performed in Iran was $1,800 depending on the type of the procedure, surgeon and region of the country.
PRK and LASIK were both designed to correct refractive vision problems by reshaping the cornea. Both procedures use lasers and take around the same amount of time to perform.
With PRK, the surgeon removes and discards the cornea’s outer epithelial layer, which leaves the eye exposed, prior to reshaping the cornea. This layer regenerates itself and grows back over time.
With LASIK, the surgeon creates a flap out of the epithelial layer and moves it out of the way in order to reshape the cornea underneath. The flap is usually made with a bladeless laser. It remains attached to the cornea and is put back in place after the procedure is completed.
In order to be eligible for LASIK surgery, you must have enough corneal tissue to make this flap. For this reason, LASIK may not be suitable for people with very poor vision or thin corneas.
The procedures also differ in terms of recovery time and side effects. Recovery and vision stabilization is slower with PRK than it is with LASIK surgery. People having PRK can also expect to feel more discomfort afterward and experience more side effects, such as corneal haze.