LASEK is one of the most popular forms of laser eye surgery available in the world today. Short for ‘laser-assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy’, this procedure is often offered to patients to correct a range of vision issues, including short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. LASEK comes as an alternative to patients who may be deemed unsuitable for procedures such as SMILE and LASIK due to pre-existing medical conditions or thin corneas.
The treatment combines the benefits of LASIK and PRK procedures, using only one laser across the whole operation. LASEK entails an altering of the Bowman’s layer of corneal tissue, but does not involve any removal of the superficial skin (epithelium) covering the cornea.
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Benefits of LASEK/PRK Treatment
- Reduced chances of complications: LASEK’s minimally-invasive nature and negation of a corneal incision mean that the chances of corneal and other complications.
- An attractive alternative: LASEK offers vision correction to individuals who may have been deemed unsuitable for other procedures such as SMILE or LASIK (possibly due to thinner corneas or pre-existing medical conditions, for example).
- Less dry eyes: LASEK’s minimal intrusion on the cornea means that patients typically experience less dry eye symptoms than seen in other procedures.
- Suitable for active lifestyles: LASEK is particularly suitable for individuals who may be at an increased risk or corneal trauma (for example, athletes or fighter pilots). This is due to the fact that LASEK does not weaken the cornea.
- Future options: LASEK can be performed on patients more than once, as the corneal thickness remains unaffected.
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