Our team of specialist eye surgeons have a wealth of experience in LASEK treatments at Optimax. With our easy payment plans LASEK eye surgery has never been more affordable.
What is LASEK Eye Surgery?
LASEK treatment involves lasering the surface of the cornea under the epithelium, the transparent layer on the surface of your eye. The epithelium is softened with a dilute alcohol solution and is then gently moved aside, so the cornea is exposed and can be lasered. This bladeless technology allows for a quicker healing process and reduces the discomfort for the patient.
LASEK eye surgery is performed in sterile conditions. The surgeon applies anaesthetic eye drops and a small clip is used to keep your eyelid open throughout the procedure. Most patients say they feel a slight pressure on their eye during treatment, but some patients report feeling nothing at all. The thin, protective outer layer of cells on your eye (epithelium) is softened with an alcohol solution and is gently folded aside. You then stare at the target light whilst the laser is applied to the cornea for about 30 seconds.
Additional laser treatment for astigmatic correction, if required, takes place after a short pause and takes a further 15 seconds (dependent on the level of correction required). The epithelium is then gently pushed back into place. The laser has a tracker which locks onto the iris and follows the eye's movement exactly, automatically pausing the laser if the eye moves. Patients find the process quick and simple.
You should prepare to be in the treatment room for between 10-15 minutes per eye, but the actual laser will be on your eye for no more than a minute. The rest of the time is used to programme the correct laser settings for your individual prescription, and to prepare you for the procedure.
We strongly recommend that you bring a friend or relative with you so they can accompany you home after your LASEK treatment. You will be given instructions and medication, and you may also be given sleeping tablets to ensure a good night's sleep. Eye drops ointment will need to be applied during the first few days following treatment, during which time the surface of the eye heals and clearer vision will return.
Bandage lenses are soft disposable clear contact lenses, which are placed (by the surgeon) on the eye after lasering. They enable clear vision directly after treatment and encourage quicker healing for your eyes. They need to be removed carefully after three to five days by Optimax medical staff, to avoid damage to the newly formed epithelium.
Possible Side Effects of LASEK Eye Surgery
LASEK at moderate levels of correction has had very few side effects and complications are rare but, as with all surgeries, can occur. Side effects and possible risks are listed on the Consent Form, which you will be asked to read and sign prior to undergoing LASEK treatment. These effects will reduce gradually during the healing process and only rarely persist.
Consultation and Treatment
If you decide to go ahead with treatment, we can usually book your appointment at your consultation. A week before the day of the procedure, you will meet with your treating surgeon for them to assess your eyes and ensure that they are happy to proceed. Following treatment, you will not be able to drive for up to two weeks, but when you come back in for your aftercare appointments, our optometrists will be able to confirm whether or not your vision is at driving standard.