LASEK and LASIK are both laser eye surgeries designed to correct vision problems, but they differ in their approach and in the early stages of recovery. The success rate of the two is the same.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) involves creating a flap in the cornea’s outer layer (epithelium and part of the stroma), lifting it, reshaping the underlying corneal tissue with an excimer laser, and then repositioning the flap. LASIK typically has a quicker recovery time in the initial period.
LASEK (Laser-Assisted Subepithelial Keratectomy) involves only the removal of the outer epithelial layer, followed by reshaping the corneal tissue with an excimer laser. The epithelial layer is then repositioned after the surgery. LASEK has an initial several days of recovery time as the epithelial layer needs time to heal and regenerate.
The Choice Between LASIK & LASEK
The choice between LASIK and LASEK depends on factors such as the thickness of your cornea, your eye health, your physical activities, and occupational needs, as well as personal preferences. Both ultimately yield those same great visual results provided by the excimer laser. LASIK may be preferred if a quick recovery in the first days is necessary, while LASEK might be considered if the cornea is thinner, or the patient is involved in activities where there’s a higher risk of eye trauma. Both procedures are safe, but some of the more problematic complications occur with LASIK. Progressive corneal thinning, displacement, and irregular healing of the LASIK flap, as well as severe dry eye are more common with LASIK compared to LASEK.
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