PRK / LASEK
LASEK and PRK laser eye treatments reshape the cornea to correct vision, as happens in LASIK laser treatment. The difference here is that no flap is made in the cornea. These treatments are sometimes called ‘surface laser eye surgery’ to distinguish them from the LASIK approach. Most clinics perform LASIK for the majority of treatments and use PRK or LASEK in about 10% of cases. LASEK is especially suitable for those in contact sports or extremely active lifestyles.
In PRK and LASEK, the surface skins cells (epithelium) is removed and the underlying surface is exposed. After the laser application, the surface skin has to heal and this takes 3 to 4 days. It can be fairly painful during the first 3 days and the vision usually takes 3 to 5 days to be fairly clear. Patients often need several days off work.
PRK is usually chosen for anatomical reasons, typically a patient with thinner corneas where you want to avoid creating a LASIK flap. However, with the arrival of very predictable thin Z-LASIK flaps, even some of these patients can now have the benefits of LASIK, e.g. no or little discomfort and very rapid clear vision, usually later the same day for Z-LASIK.
How much does PRK / LASEK laser eye surgery cost?
Whilst Z-LASIK Crystal Plus will be the choice of many people at FOCUS, PRK / LASEK is sometimes the way to go. We recently for example treated someone who is active in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) – LASEK was more suited to this particular individual. Our PRK / LASEK treatments start from £1425 per eye for short sight treatments and from £1950 for our custom blended vision treatments. Finance is there for those that wish to spread the payments across a set period of time and more information can be found on the pricing and finance section of this site.
Is PRK / LASEK laser eye surgery safe?
In short – without a doubt. LASEK has been around for years and is a simple procedure that has been performed millions of times worldwide. Our surgeons have been performing PRK and LASEK treatments longer than any other surgical procedure so you’re in safe hands. If you would like any more information on PRK / LASEK laser eye surgery please do call the clinic on 0207 307 8250.