LASEK should take less than 20 minutes with the actual application of laser taking typically less than a minute, depending on your prescription.


LASEK is completely painless as the eye is anaesthetised using drops, however, some discomfort or grittiness will be experienced after treatment. This will not last long and can be minimised by resting both eyes and taking the prescribed medication.


We suggest a friend or relative be available to accompany you home. Vision should be significantly better in a few days. We also suggest you take 2 – 3 days off work and refrain from driving for a week.



The treatment range is from -1 to -5 for myopia and from +1 to +2 for hypermetropia.

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LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis) is a surface eye treatment that is also a brief outpatient procedure whereby the laser treatment is placed just under the epithelium (skin of the eye). LASEK is suitable for patients with mild to moderate levels of short-sight, long-sight and astigmatism and can often be offered as an alternative to patients who are not suitable for LASIK. In LASEK the epithelium is gently peeled back to allow laser treatment underneath. It is then draped back onto the surface of the cornea covering it totally. After treatment a bandage contact lens is fitted to reduce discomfort while the corneal surface heals. Vision recovery is not as quick as LASIK the contact lens usually stays in place for a few days after treatment and vision gradually improves during this time

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