What’s the difference between LASIK and LASEK?

Hi, it’s Matt Russell from VSON Laser Vision Specialists. I’m going to explain to you the difference between LASIK and LASEK.

LASIK and LASEK are forms of corrective refractive eye surgeries, which permanently reshape corneas. The main difference between them is that with LASIK, a corneal flap is created and replaced, and with LASEK, the top layer of the cornea is loosened, moved, and reattached. It will regenerate itself in about three to five days. Within that time, you are likely to experience some discomfort, and it will take a little longer for your vision to clear with LASEK than with LASIK.

After LASIK, the corneal flap will reseal itself within 24 hours, and vision can be clear within a few hours to a day. LASIK typically has a faster healing time than LASEK, and it is considered less invasive.

The differences between LASIK and LASEK are fairly minor in that the end result is usually the same. Both can correct vision and have high success rates.

However, LASEK can be preferable if you have a thin cornea, as it does not need to harvest as much tissue as LASIK does. Initially, it was believed that LASEK surgery may be preferred for people who actively and regularly engage in contact sports. This perception centered around the very small risk for a ruptured eyeball with LASIK related to the flap formation. This risk is extremely rare even with LASIK procedures, making the apparent benefit of LASEK for that reason negligible.

LASIK can be a better option for treating significant nearsightedness than LASEK. A detailed assessment and exam by your ophthalmologist and discussions with the surgeon performing the procedure can help to determine which option you may be the best candidate for.

To learn more about LASIK, and know which treatment is best for you to free yourself from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, please book online for a free laser vision assessment on our website today.

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