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LASEK Eye Surgery in London

LASEK procedure also known as PRK is on the first type of laser vision correction used in this industry with excellent clinical data and outcomes. It can be used for thinner or more irregular corneas for example or where there has been after the previous scarring, for patients who are not suitable for LASIK or individuals who have regular contact sport exposure.

LASEK uses the same excimer laser and wavefront technology as LASIK but with no Femto laser flap creation, meaning it is done more superficially with outcomes just as good but with slightly slower recovery time.

Our professional team and doctors at Optimal Vision will take you through extensive screening, tests and examination to evaluate you in detail and offer you the best treatment options.

LASEK surgery is a method of laser eye surgery that combines methods from both LASIK and PRK surgery. It is generally utilised for eye patients with less severe eye focusing problems.

What is LASEK eye surgery?

Laser-assisted epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) involves loosening and removing of the fine surface cell layer of the cornea instead of flap, to preserve majority of cornea thickness. After the cornea is loosened and folded back, an excimer laser will be used to reshape the surface of the cornea, making a suitable correction to the refractive eye error.

Although the LASEK treatment option is effective, visual recovery with LASEK is slower, and bandage lenses need to be worn for four days after the surgery is done.

However, while LASIK treatment is preferred by most patients, this treatment option will not be suitable for all eye patients, especially for patients with thin or flat corneas, and this is where LASEK surgery comes into practice. Many individuals involved in contact sports prefer LASEK eye surgery for it’s safety.

Benefits of LASEK eye surgery

Although the recovery process with LASEK surgery is often slower, LASEK eye surgery offers varieties of benefits, including:

  • High predictability of outcome
  • It is a good alternative to LASIK treatment
  • Less Complications associated with cornea flap
  • Fewer chances of dry eyes compared to LASIK eye surgery
  • Since there is usually no flap to heal after the surgery, the patient can resume sporting activities sooner compared to LASIK

Disadvantages of LASEK eye surgery

  • Some LASEK patients may experience slower recovery, however the final outcome is similar to LASIK.
  • More pain and discomfort may be experienced in some LASEK surgery patients compared to LASIK eye surgery
  • Longer use of eye drop is expected with LASEK surgery.

Who is the best candidate for LASEK eye surgery?

LASIK and LASEK both have predictable outcome, however patients involved in contact sports whose eyes are exposed to increased risk of injury prefer LASEK laser eye surgery. This is because traumatic injury to the eye is more serious after LASIK surgery than after LASEK eye surgery. The surgical procedure may also be used for eye patients with dry eye syndrome.

Preparing for LASEK eye surgery — what you should know

Before your surgery, it is essential to schedule an initial consultation with your eye surgeon, who will guide you on what you should expect during and after your LASEK eye surgery. Your medical history and health conditions will be recorded and your eyes will be tested. Some tests during this process may include:

  • Refraction
  • Measuring the thickness of the cornea
  • Corneal mapping
  • Pupil dilation
  • Eye mapping

Once the evaluation is complete, your questions will be answered by our experts according to your visual needs.

Here is a list of some important guidelines to follow to ensure that you get the best result from your surgery:

  • Have a light meal before going for your surgery
  • Ensure you make a checklist of the necessary things that will be needed - this may also include your prescribed medications.
  • Avoid bulky accessories and eye makeup on the day of your surgery

What you should expect during your LASEK eye surgery

During the procedure, the epithelium (superficial cell) is removed and the underlying cornea tissue will be exposed to laser beam to improve the passage of light.

After this process, eye drops is used and a bandage is applied for comfort. The bandage will remain in your eyes for four days.

What you should expect after your LASEK surgery

After the surgical procedure, the patient will be expected to wear a special lens that acts as a bandage for 4 days. You are also expected to rest and apply eye drops according to your eye surgeon’s instructions.

You may also experience some irritation in the eye during the first few days after your LASEK eye surgery.

You will evaluated by your doctor after your surgery. This process will help monitor and hasten your recovery process.

Call your eye doctor, if the following occurs after your surgery

  • You experience severe pain
  • Any sudden decrease in vision
  • Red eyes
  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Excessive discharge from the eyes

If you have further enquiries about LASEK eye surgery, don’t hesitate to make contact.

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