PRK/LASEK in a nutshell:
- longest proven technique
- most straightforward procedure
- easily predictable visual results
- quick recovery
How does it work?
LASEK or PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) has been the longest existing technique in laser eye surgery. During the treatment, the surgeon removes the superficial layer of the cornea (the epithelium). He then reshapes the exposed stroma with an excimer laser. Finally, he places a protective contact lens on the eye, allowing the epithelium to quickly recover.
PRK or LASEK?
From a practical point of view, the difference between PRK and LASEK is negligible. During a PRK treatment, the surgeon completely removes the epithelium, whereas the epithelium is draped back over the corneal surface during a LASEK laser eye surgery.
From a technical point of view, PRK/LASEK is the most straightforward type of laser eye surgery as only an excimer laser is used. The technique has been applied for about 30 years, allowing your ophthalmologist to rely on the wide experience that has been gained over the years.
PRK/LASEK takes less than 60 seconds and the entire surgery takes approximately 5 minutes. Moreover, the procedure is simple, quick and painless. PRK/LASEK is also the procedure with the longest follow-up thanks to its proven technique. The visual results with the excimer laser are always very predictable.
Would you like to learn more about PRK/LASEK or would you like to know whether you qualify for this type of laser eye surgery? Contact our clinic online or by phone at +32 16 585958. You can also consult our price list.