The location at which treatment takes place is the primary difference between the two options.
With LASIK, a flap is created in the outer window of the eye known as the cornea, the flap is lifted, the laser is applied to the inner layers of the cornea, and the flap is replaced. In contrast, with LASEK, the laser is applied to the surface of the cornea to correct the prescription.
After LASEK is performed, a contact lens is applied to act as a bandage for approximately four days as the eye heals. Though the bandage is removed after four days, it may take up to seven days following the procedure for the patient to achieve the expected visual outcome.
The flap created by the LASIK procedure acts as a natural bandage, and visual recovery typically takes only 24-48 hours. Not only are visual recovery and healing times faster with LASIK, which allows for less time off work and less disruption from daily life, but there is also less discomfort associated with LASIK than LASEK. In addition, LASIK can be used to treat a wider range of prescriptions than LASEK.
With LASIK laser eye surgery the vision is significantly improved in the majority of cases by the next day. The visual outcomes at three months after both procedures are very comparable.
The majority of patients today are recommended LASIK, if suitable, due to the faster visual recovery.Back