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What Is the Difference between LASIK and LASEK?

LASIK and LASEK

If you are considering laser eye surgery, you probably have many questions. At Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates, serving Memphis, TN, and the surrounding areas, we can help you find answers to many of your questions. Keep reading to learn about the important differences between LASIK and LASEK eye surgery.

Understanding Laser Eye Surgery

To begin with, let’s get a clear understanding of laser eye surgery. Laser eye surgery is a type of procedure that is used to reshape the cornea of your eye. This procedure is performed by an eye surgeon with an excimer laser. This is more of a laser eye treatment that can be used to permanently correct vision problems.

Two of the most common types of laser eye treatment available are LASIK and LASEK.

What Is LASIK?

LASIK is short for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. This type of surgery has been used for about 20 years to help people see more clearly. Because this type of vision correction is so accurate and safe, NASA has even listed it as an approved type of vision correction for astronauts.

While undergoing LASIK treatment, a laser will create a flap on the cornea. Another laser is then used to correct the shape of the cornea underneath, thus correcting vision.

What Is LASEK?

LASEK is short for Laser-Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy. LASEK is often used for people who have thin corneas. Only one laser is used to complete this type of treatment. In addition to the laser, an alcohol solution is also used to loosen the cells of the top layer of the cornea. These loosened cells are then pulled back using a special sheet that is applied to the eye. Following this type of treatment, it is often necessary to use a protective contact lens to protect the cornea while it heals. Recovery for LASEK takes a bit longer than for LASIK.

Benefits of Laser Eye Treatment

The benefits for both of these types of treatments are similar. Both will result in permanent improvement of vision. Most patients will no longer need to wear contacts or eyeglasses following their treatment.

To learn more about laser eye treatments or to schedule an appointment with our ophthalmologist, contact us at Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates, serving Memphis, TN, and the surrounding areas.

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