LASEK / EPI-LASEK Eye Surgery
Our team of specialist eye surgeons have a wealth of experience in LASEK treatments at Optimax. With our easy payment plans LASEK eye surgery has never been more affordable.
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What is LASEK Eye Surgery?
LASEK (also called EPI-LASEK) treatment involves lasering the surface of the cornea under the epithelium. It is a combination of surface PRK and Epiflap. The laser is programmed for your individual prescription. The surface of the eye is lasered (cornea) without the need of surgery to the eye.
LASEK eye surgery is performed in sterile conditions. The surgeon applies anaesthetic eye drops to eliminate any pain and a small 'clip' is used to keep the eyelid open. The thin, protective outer layer of cells (epithelium) is softened with alcohol and folded aside. You then stare at the target light whilst the laser is applied to the cornea for about 30 seconds. Additional laser treatment for astigmatic correction, if required, takes place after a short pause and takes a further 15 seconds (dependent on the level of correction required). The epithelium is then gently pushed back into place. The treatment takes approximately 15 minutes (a special tracker locks onto the iris and the laser follows the eye if you move) and patients find the whole process quick and simple.
We strongly recommend that you bring a friend/relative with you so they can accompany you home after your LASEK treatment (this is essential if you have both eyes treated on the same day). You will be given instructions and medication (you may also be given sleeping tablets to ensure a good night's sleep). Eye drops ointment will need to be to applied during the first few days following treatment, during which time the surface of the eye heals and clearer vision will return.
Bandage lenses are soft disposable clear contact lenses, which are placed (by the surgeon) on the eye after lasering. They enable clear vision directly after treatment and may reduce pain to minimal levels and need to be removed very carefully after three to five days (by Optimax medical staff) to avoid damage to the newly formed epithelium.
Possible Side Effects of LASEK Eye Surgery
LASEK at moderate levels of correction has had very few side effects and complications are rare. Poor night vision is the most common side effect. Others are listed on the Consent Form, which you will be asked to complete and sign prior to undergoing LASEK treatment. These effects will reduce gradually during the the healing process and only rarely persist.
Consultation and Treatment
If you decide to go ahead with treatment this can usually be arranged within a few hours of the consultation on the same day. You will not be able to drive for seven to 14 days after treatment.