LASEK + Wavefront Treatment
LASEK (Laser-Assisted Epithelial Keratomileusis) is an alternative surface treatment without the need to create a corneal flap, and is often performed when LASIK is not recommended.
LASEK is a development of the original surface laser method first performed in 1988 to alter the shape of the front of the eye (cornea). LASEK is often recommended to those who are members of professions with strict eyesight regulations e.g. Police, Commercial Pilots and the Fire Brigade, those who play contact sports, and people with thin corneas or dry eyes. LASEK may also be recommended when the eye is set too deep or is too small for the LASIK equipment.
LASEK is a 2 stage procedure consisting of:
1. Softening the protective outer layer of cells (epithelium) with alcohol which is carefully folded back.
2. Reshaping the cornea with a laser before replacing the epithelium.
Bandage (soft disposable contact) lenses are often used to help with healing after treatment and reduce pain. You will be provided with anaesthetic eye drops to take home for your comfort. A small number of patients are unable to tolerate bandage lenses and experience severe but temporary discomfort and light sensitivity as a result.