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LASIK vs. LASEK Eye Surgery: What’s The Difference?

28th June 2021

Both LASIK and LASEK are laser eye surgery treatments that help to all common refractive errors including myopia (short sight), hyperopia (long sight) and astigmatism.

LASIK is the most popular form of laser eye surgery. LASEK is a common alternative to LASIK. LASEK is one of the safest forms of laser eye surgery.

 

What is LASIK laser eye surgery?

The principle of LASIK eye surgery is to precisely change the shape of your cornea using a special type of laser to help improve your vision. The quick, painless procedure lasts less than 10 minutes for each eye. The results are rapid, patients can expect to see well the very next day.

Research indicates that 92-98% of patients achieve their desired vision after LASIK laser eye surgery.

The procedure features end-to-end laser technology, bladeless surgery with no stitches required.

 

What is LASEK laser eye surgery? 

The principle of LASEK eye surgery is the same as LASIK. Using a special type of laser to precisely change the shape of your cornea to improve your vision. The quick and painless procedure lasts less than 5 minutes per eye. Results can be expected within a few days post-surgery.

Research indicates that 97% of patients achieve their desired vision results after LASEK laser eye surgery.

This alternative procedure is suitable for patients with dry eyes, thin corneas or those who participate in contact sports as no flap is created during the surgery. The procedure is comfortable with minimal touch and no stitches required.

 

What is the difference between LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery?

These procedures are very similar in their principle. What makes them different is the way the surgery is performed. As a result, LASIK typically has a faster healing time. You can expect it will take a little longer for your vision to clear with LASEK surgery compared to LASIK.

With LASIK surgery, a femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. This flap is then gently lifted, and an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea. After, the flap is gently replaced and aligned back into its original position. This flap will heal naturally with no stitches required and results can be expected the next day.

In comparison, with LASEK surgery, a solution of alcohol is used to gently separate the cells from the surface of the cornea. These cells are gently rolled aside. The excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea. After, the surface cells are gently replaced and aligned back into their original position. A contact lens is placed on the surface of the eye to act as a bandage with no stitches required. Results can be expected within a couple of days after surgery.

 

What surgery is best for me?

Long-term results from laser eye surgery tend to be best in people who are carefully evaluated before surgery. This ensures that they are good candidates for the procedure. We recommend you book a consultation with us so we can recommend the right treatment plan for you.

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