Discover the Types of LASEK Eye Surgery

LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis) is a sophisticated refractive eye surgery that has transformed the lives of countless individuals seeking freedom from glasses or contact lenses. 

At Focus Clinics, we understand that no two eyes are the same, and therefore, we offer different variations of LASEK eye surgery to cater to a wide range of visual needs.

Before we delve into the various types of LASEK surgery, each designed to provide tailored solutions for vision correction, let’s get a basic understanding of the procedure.

Exploring LASEK Surgery

Before we delve into the types of LASEK surgery, it's essential to understand the fundamentals of this procedure. Your surgeon will first loosen and detach the surface layer of the corneal epithelium. An excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea.

After the vision correction is undertaken, the epithelium is replaced and heals on its own.

LASEK surgery can be customised to address various vision issues, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.

To be eligible for LASEK surgery you must:

  • You must be over 18 years of age
  • Your prescription must be stable for at least twelve months
  • Your eyes must be healthy and free from any disease or injury
  • You cannot have had any previous eye surgery
  • Your refractive error must be within the range that can be treated with laser eye surgery

You may also have heard of LASIK eye surgery. LASEK is a surface-based laser eye surgery, while LASIK involves creating a corneal flap. LASEK is an excellent choice for individuals with thinner corneas or specific corneal conditions.

Types of LASEK Surgery

Standard LASEK

Standard LASEK is a fundamental type of LASEK surgery designed to correct common refractive errors such as:

  • myopia (nearsightedness)
  • hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • astigmatism

During a standard LASEK procedure, the eye surgeon begins by gently removing the thin, outermost layer of the cornea called the epithelium.

This allows access to the corneal stroma, where the laser is used to reshape the cornea, ensuring light is properly focused onto the retina. After the cornea is reshaped, the epithelium is placed back in its original position to aid in the healing process.

Wavefront-Optimised LASEK

Wavefront-optimised LASEK is an advanced type of LASEK surgery that customises the laser treatment based on the individual eye's unique imperfections. This approach reduces the risk of visual aberrations and offers improved quality of vision, particularly in low-light conditions.

Wavefront-optimised LASEK aims to provide high-quality vision, minimise glare, halos, and other visual disturbances, and enhance contrast sensitivity. It is suitable for those who value visual quality and sharpness.

Topography-Guided LASEK

Topography-guided LASEK takes personalisation to the next level by precisely mapping the cornea's irregularities. This mapping allows for the correction of not only common refractive errors but also higher-order aberrations (HOAs) that can affect the clarity of vision.

Topography-guided LASEK is particularly beneficial for individuals who experience visual disturbances such as halos, glare, or poor contrast sensitivity. The procedure aims to reduce or eliminate these issues, providing patients with excellent visual quality.

The choice of LASEK surgery type depends on your individual eye health, prescription, and visual goals. Your eye surgeon will conduct a thorough assessment to determine the most appropriate LASEK option for you. 

It's important to have a detailed discussion with your surgeon to understand the potential benefits and limitations of each LASEK type and make an informed decision based on your unique needs.

Choosing the Right Type of LASEK Surgery

The choice of LASEK surgery type is typically made in consultation with your eye surgeon. To determine the most suitable LASEK option for you, they will evaluate your:

  • eye health
  • corneal thickness
  • refractive error
  • visual goals

At Focus Clinics, our experienced surgeons are committed to providing personalised LASEK solutions tailored to your unique needs. If you're considering LASEK surgery and wish to explore the options available to you, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation with our experts to embark on your journey to clearer, more precise vision.

LASEK surgery offers multiple types to address various vision problems, all designed to improve visual acuity and reduce dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The choice of LASEK surgery type should be based on your individual eye health and vision correction requirements. 

Your path to improved vision begins with selecting the right LASEK surgery for your unique needs.

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