Lasek eye surgery is a type of laser eye surgery and accounts for approximately 10% of all procedures that are carried out. Your surgeon will generally recommend Lasek if you are not suitable for the more commonly performed Lasik surgery. Lasek is often referred to as PRK or Epi-Lasek and although there are slight differences between the 3 procedures, they are all pretty much the same.
Lasek eye surgery is generally only used on people with thin corneas (e.g. too thin to have Lasik) or for those who are involved in contact sports. The reason it is recommended for people who are involved with contact sports is because there is no weakening of the surface of the eye following Lasek, although this is not true of Lasik.
The procedure is extremely safe and the results are very impressive. The aim of Lasek is to use a laser to reshape the surface of your cornea (outer part of your eye) to eliminate the prescription in your glasses / contact lenses. This is done slightly differently depending on whether you are long sighted, short sighted or have astigmatism. The following explains this in more detail:
To read more about the differences between Lasik and Lasik you can read our extensive guide.
This is only a rough guide to Lasek eye surgery parameters as they vary widely from company to company, surgeon to surgeon and depends on the individual being treated.
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