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Lasik And Lasek Explained.

By Dave Weston

If you decide to have laser vision correction, your surgeon is likely to offer you either Lasik or Lasek eye surgery. These are by far the most common laser eye surgery procedures. Lasik is about 7 times more popular than Lasek and it is generally the procedure that surgeons recommend. You should read about the 2 different types before you make your decision.

When deciding which procedure to have, there are a few things you need to consider before you will be able to make a fully informed decision. These advantages and disadvantages will be discussed with you by your surgeon during a laser eye surgery consultation. You should listen to everything your surgeon tells you and take their advice, as it is them who will be carrying out your treatment. The things you need to consider are as follows:

Corneal thickness: Your corneal thickness will be taken during your laser eye surgery consultation and the results could influence which procedure you choose. If you have a thick cornea you will be suitable for either procedure and your surgeon is likely to to advise you to have Lasik. If however you have a thin cornea you may be forced to have Lasek.

Laser eye surgery recovery: If you are interested in the quickest and most comfortable recovery period following surgery, you should definitely choose Lasik. Lasik people can drive and resume normal activities typically within 2 days of having the treatment. The same can not be said for Lasek as people often need at least 1 week off work following the surgery. Your vision may also take longer to settle down meaning you will not be able to drive for a while.

Results of Laser eye surgery: The reason most people decide to have laser eye surgery is because they want to throw away their glasses or contact lenses. The results of the procedure are therefore extremely important. Lasik and Lasek both produce excellent visual results and neither procedure is better than the other one. The chances of achieving 20:20 vision following your treatment is the same for both types.

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