The same lasers are used for both treatments. Results at lower levels of vision correction (under -6 dioptres) are of similar accuracy for both procedures. When comparing benefits, the first impression is that LASIK laser eye treatment is a superior procedure. However, there are significant additional complications and risks that do not apply to LASEK. We perform bilateral LASEK laser eye treatment for low levels of vision correction (-4.50 dioptres or under) because it is safer, simpler and a more established treatment and achieves the same long term results. LASEK treatment does not involve cutting and is not dependent on surgical skill. However there may be some discomfort and recovery time is longer. The choice is dependent on your attitude to pain, risk, speed of recovery and cost.
We recommend LASIK laser eye treatment for all prescriptions of -6 dioptres and over and up to +4 dioptres only. There is no discomfort and the final result is achieved very rapidly. In most cases LASIK can be given to both eyes on the same day. LASEK may be offered above -6 dioptres where the cornea is too thin or when other conditions preclude LASIK. If you prefer, LASIK can be performed on all prescriptions under -10 dioptres.