The LASEK method is a variation of the PRK method and was originally introduced for people whose corneas are too thin for standard LASIK treatment.
The LASEK treatment process
- The cornea’s outer epithelial layer is detached using alcohol, different than with PRK, it is not removed, but pushed aside.
- The corneal layer underneath, is ablated and reshaped with the laser.
- The epithelial layer is then rolled back over the top of the reshaped cornea. It then attaches itself and does not need to be sutured. A medicinal contact lens is placed on top of the epithelial layer. This prevents shifting. A new epithelial layer will slowly form underneath the epithelial layer that was rolled back in place.
Post treatment recovery
The recovery process is comparable with the PRK treatment. Patients can resume their daily lives after 1 to 2 weeks. You may have to contend with pain and oversensitivity to light during the first few days after LASEK treatment.
What are the risks and side effects of a LASEK procedure?
- Some people experience dry eye, burning sensations and pain during the first few days after surgery.
- Nausea may occur during the first week
- Turbity of the cornea can cause lower vision and the patient may see shooting lights.
- There is a longer recovery period before the patient sees the final results.
- The final results are more difficult to predict.
We would like to invite you to one of our free information sessions at International Vision Centers in Nijmegen without any obligation to answer any questions you may have. You can also make an appointment for a consultation and personal advice in Nijmegen. We will assess whether your eyes are eligible for laser eye treatment.