Question of the Week 26/05

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What is the difference between LASIK and LASEK eye surgery?

The difference between LASIK and LASEK is in the way the outer layer of the eye is treated. For LASIK procedures the outer layer stays slightly attached. for LASEK, the outer layer is moved aside, ready to be repositioned at the end of the treatment.

Below are the steps for each of these procedures:

 

LASIK Eye Surgery is one of the most common laser eye surgery procedures.

Here's how it works:

1. Anaesthetic eye drops are added to the eyes.

2. A thin flap is created & folded back to expose the cornea.

3. A laser is then applied to the underlining tissue (cornea) and the flap is folded back into place.

Recovery for LASIK surgery is generally 24-48 hours.

 

LASEK Eye Surgery is used on patients who have a thin cornea or whose career may carry risk of impact to the eye. The following steps describe the LASEK procedure:

1. Anaesthetic eye drops are added to the eyes.

2. The outa layer of the eye is softened using alcohol solution and moves aside.

3. A laser is then applied to the cornea for a short time.

4. The outer layer is placed back on the eye with bandage lenses, which will be removed by the surgeon 3-5 days after treatment.

Recovery for LASEK surgery is 1-2 weeks (during this time you will not be able to drive)