PRK / LASEK Surgery
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 5-10% of cases. PRK/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 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.
Please visit our laser eye surgery prices page for more information. If suitable, you may wish to finance the surgery – please visit the pricing and finance section of the page for more information, as we have a variety of options.
Is PRK / LASEK laser eye surgery safe?
PRK has been around for 25 years and is a relatively simple procedure compared to Z-LASIK. In expert hands and at a specialist clinic, the risk of complications is very low. But of course, laser eye surgery IS still surgery and you should approach having vision correction in the right manner.
We believe coming to a single specialist centre, owned by our Medical Director and chief surgeon, has advantages for you. You will see the same people each time and our surgeons are usually available immediately to see and chat with you if you have any concerns. There is no head office that we have to report to. All of our attention is on your clinical care, and offered by clinicians.
If you would like any more information on PRK / LASEK laser eye surgery please do call the clinic on 0207 3078 250.