Your surgeon may recommend LASEK surgery if you have thinner corneas or are required to perform certain tasks in your day to day life. With Lasek surgery the outer protective layer of the cornea is gently repositioned after being softened by the surgeon. The laser then reshapes the eye in exactly the same fashion as LASIK surgery. The outer layer is then gently moved back into place and a contact lens is placed on the eye for up to seven days while the outer protective layer heals.
LASIK is an abbreviation for LASER Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis. It is the most commonly performed type of laser eye surgery to treat myopia (short sightedness), hyperopia (far sightedness) and astigmatism. A flap only approximately one tenth of a millimetre thick, is created on the cornea. The laser is then applied to the middle layer of the cornea (as opposed to the outer layer with Lasek syrgery). The laser takes only a few seconds to reshape the eye and correct your vision. The flap is then gently placed back onto the eye. The eye’s healing process is very efficient and will keep the flap firmly in place in just a few days following surgery.
LASIK, laser in-situ keratomileusis, issued to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. The Wavefront method is a groundbreaking improvement over LASEK, designed to first map the cornea and produce a far more precise reshaping of the eye. This gives the treatment a far higher chance of achieving 20/20 vision and reduces the odds of vision impairing side effects.