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LASIK vs LASEK / PRK Eye Surgery

07
Apr
2016

The comparison chart below will help inform you of the differences between LASIK and traditional LASEK / PRK eye surgeries, as well as provide you with the advantages and disadvantages of each type of surgery.

Procedure Type:LASIKLASEK / PRK
Suitable for

  • Short-sight (most prescriptions)

  • Astigmatism (most prescriptions)

  • Long-sight (low, medium)

  • Reading glasses (presbyopia)


  • Short-sight (most prescriptions)

  • Astigmatism (low, medium)

  • Long-sight (low, medium)

  • Reading glasses (presbyopia)

Procedure duration5 Minutes per eye5 Minutes per eye
AnaestheticDropsDrops
Procedure details

  1. Corneal flap is created with a femtosecond laser

  2. Flap folded to the side & excimer laser changes corneal shape

  3. This corrects how light is focused by the eye, so sharpening vision

  4. Flap is then placed back over the cornea, no stitches are required


  1. No flap is created

  2. Alcohol solution used to remove surface skin cells to expose the underlying surface

  3. An excimer laser corrects vision by changing corneal shape

  4. Light is then correctly focused by the eye, so improving vision

  5. A contact lens is left on the eye for several days during healing

Procedure recovery time4 Hours4 - 7 Days
Post-operative discomfort
22%
100%
Reasons to choose

  1. Most popular - more than 95% of all procedures are LASIK

  2. Very quick recovery

  3. Minimal discomfort

  4. Easy to enhance

  5. Strong WOW factor


  1. When not suitable for LASIK

  2. Usually for anatomical reasons, such as thin corneas

  3. Contact sports, e.g. martial arts

  4. Little WOW factor due to post-op pain and prolonged recovery

Easy to enhance if needed
yes
no
Interest-free finance option
yes
yes
Price for both eyes£3800 - £4600
for most prescriptions
£3800 - £4600
for most prescriptions

What type of surgery is right for me?

Although LASIK is a more popular choice, the type of surgery that’s right for you is completely Dependant on your suitability and the types of activities in which you take part in.

Both LASIK and LASEK / PRK surgeries are proven to be very safe and both offer superb results. If you’d like to know more about laser eye surgery or which type of surgery would be best suited to you, please call to book a free, informative, no obligation consultation at our London based clinic.

If you’d like to learn more on LASIK eye surgery, you can do by clicking here.

If you’d like to learn more about LASEK / PRK surgery, please click here.

By: David

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