About LASEK Surgery

LASEK Surgery(laser assisted subepithelial keratomileusis) is also known as EPI-LASEK. LASEK involves lasering the surface of the cornea under the epithelium without the need of surgery to the eye. LASEK is a variation of the techniques PRK and LASIK. When the cornea is not the ideal thickness, LASEK decreases the chance of complications that can occur when creating the flap with respect to traditional microkeratome LASIK.

LASEK Eye Surgery Procedure

Before the surgery starts the surgeon will apply anesthetic eye drops to eliminate any pain and a clip will be used to keep the eyelid open. In LASEK the epithelium or outer layer or the cornea is removed using finer blade trephine. The surgeon will cover the eye with an alcohol solution for around 30 seconds. The solution will loosen the edges of the epithelium. After the alcohol solution being removed from the eye the surgeon will lift the edge of the epithelial flap and fold it back which is similar to LASIK and then the surgeon will use an excimer laser to reshape the corneal tissue underneath. Then the epithelial flap will be placed back on the eye. A bandage contact lens will be put on the eye to allow the flap edges to heal. The patient will need to use eye drops a few weeks after the LASEK treatment to increase healing rate.

Suitable Patients for LASEK Eye Surgery

  • Both male and female patients who are at good health condition
  • Patients who are healthy both mentally and physically
  • Patients over the age of 18
  • Patients who are nearsighted (myopia) – the eyeball is slightly longer than normal or when the cornea curves sharply. The light rays focus in front of the retina and blur distant vision. Objects that are closer can be seen clearly but those that are away can’t be seen.
  • Patients who are farsighted (hyperopia) – eyeball is shorter than average or the cornea is too flat that light focuses behind the retina instead of focusing on it. This makes the near vision and sometimes the distant vision blurry.
  • Patients who suffer from astigmatism – the cornea curves or flattens unevenly. Astigmatism disrupts focus of near and distant vision.

Before LASEK Eye Surgery

  • Tests to measure the corneal thickness, refraction, corneal mapping, eye pressure and pupil dilation will be done before the surgery
  • Rigid gas permeable contact lenses should not be worn for three weeks before surgery
  • Other types of contact lenses must not be worn for at least three days prior to the surgery
  • Makeup and hair accessories must not be worn

After LASEK Eye Surgery

  • Patients may wear a special contact lens (bandage lens) that acts like a bandage for up to 4 – 7 days after surgery
  • Irritation can occur in the eye for the first day or two
  • Patients must take prescribed medication such as drops, correctly and on time
  • Patients will not be able to drive from 7 – 14 days after the surgery

Risks of LASEK Eye Surgery

Just like every surgery there is a possibility of complications to occur such as

  • Temporary reduced vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Cloudy vision
  • Allergy to anesthesia
  • Eye infection

Definition

Anesthetic drops – drops given to numb to eye so the patient does not feel any discomfort during the surgery and being awake

Epithelium – cells that help protect or enclose organs

Cornea – transparent part of the eye covering the iris and pupil

Trephine – instrument used to remove a disk of bone

First day of LASEK Eye Surgery

The patient will attend a consultation with the ophthalmologist and will be advised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then be taken through a couple of tests that are required before the treatment. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the clinic the next day.

Second day of LASEK Eye Surgery

The LASEK Eye Surgery will be performed. The surgery will be performed using a LASEK eye surgery is done with a Femtosecond Laser or Mechanical Device called Keratome, Excimer Laser, incorporating Wavefront Correction, to reshape the cornea. The surgery will take around 15 minutes to perform per eye. The surgery will be done using local anesthesia and once the surgery ends and the patient is feeling good, they can return to their settlement with someone accompanying.

Third day of LASEK Eye Surgery

Patients will attend a post surgery check up and consultation. If they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results were all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to go back to their normal routine.

Fourth, fifth and sixth day of LASEK Eye Surgery

The patient must take care of the eye and use any medication prescribed correctly and on time.

Seventh day of LASEK Eye Surgery

The patient will attend a post surgery check up and consultation that the bandage contact lens will be removed.

Notes

• Trip schedule may vary. medicTurkey patient relations will provide you a detailed trip schedule before the travel.

• For details on accommodation, transportation and other services, please check the SERVICES page.

What is LASEK?

LASEK (laser assisted subepithelial keratomileusis) is also known as EPI-LASEK. LASEK involves lasering the surface of the cornea under the epithelium without the need of surgery to the eye. LASEK is a variation of the techniques PRK and LASIK.

How is LASEK Eye Surgery done?

The surgeon will apply anesthetic eye drops to eliminate any pain and a clip will be used to keep the eyelid open. In LASEK, the epithelium or outer layer or the cornea is removed using finer blade trephine. The surgeon will cover the eye with an alcohol solution for around 30 seconds. The solution will loosen the edges of the epithelium. After the alcohol solution being removed from the eye the surgeon will lift the edge of the epithelial flap and fold it back in similar to LASIK. Then the surgeon will use an excimer laser to reshape the corneal tissue underneath. Finally, the epithelial flap will be placed back on the eye and a bandage contact lens will be put into the eye to allow the flap edges to heal.

Who can have LASEK Eye Surgery?

LASEK eye surgery is suitable for patients who are

  • Both male and female patients who are at good health condition
  • Healthy both mentally and physically
  • Over the age of 18

How long does LASEK Eye Surgery take?

LASEK eye surgery takes about 15 minutes to perform per eye.

When can I return to work?

Patients are able to return to work once the bandage lens is removed from the eye.

How long do I need to stay in hospital?

The surgery is done on an outpatient basis so the patient is sent home a few hours after the surgery.

How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey for LASEK Eye surgery is 6-7 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery.

Are there any risks of LASEK Eye Surgery?

Just like every surgery there is a possibility of complications to occur such as

  • Temporary reduced vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Cloudy vision
  • Allergy to anesthesia
  • Eye infection

Devices used in LASEK Eye Surgery

LASEK eye surgery is done with a Femtosecond Laser or Mechanical Device called Keratome is used, followed by an Excimer Laser, incorporating Corneal Wavefront Analyzer, to reshape the cornea.

Operation Price Stay in hospital Stay in Turkey
Lasek Surgery Please fill in
a form to learn
about the pricing.
The surgery is done on an
outpatient basis
6-7 Days

Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the Login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.