As we continue to navigate the scale and impact of COVID-19, the health and wellbeing of our staff and patients is always our greatest priority. We have therefore made the difficult decision to stop seeing non-urgent patients but will continue to offer support through video consultations.

As we continue to navigate the scale and impact of COVID-19, the health and wellbeing of our staff and patients is always our greatest priority. We have therefore made the difficult decision to stop seeing non-urgent patients but will continue to offer support through video consultations.

LASEK eye surgery

LASEK is an alternative to LASIK, and it’s a good choice for patients with thinner corneas who may be unsuitable for LASIK. This treatment is less commonly performed nowadays compared to LASIK mainly due to the longer recovery time. However, in certain cases, LASEK eye surgery is the most suitable procedure.

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What is LASEK eye surgery?

Your eyes see by allowing light to enter through the cornea (the front part of the eye) and focus on the retina. The information is then communicated to the brain via the optic nerve.

If you need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly, it’s usually because you have eyeballs that are either too long or too short in relation to the size of the cornea. Longer eyeballs result in short-sightedness or myopia, while shorter eyeballs result in long-sightedness or hyperopia.

During the treatment, your corneas are reshaped with precision accuracy so that light will focus directly on your retinas.

LASEK eye surgery is surface laser eye surgery in which the wavefront-guided treatment is applied directly to the surface of the eye without first cutting a flap in the cornea (as in LASIK). Sometimes called advanced surface ablation, LASEK avoids creating a flap in the cornea and instead, the surgeon simply makes a tiny cut with a laser and peels back the tissue on the surface on the eye (the epithelium). The epithelium remains intact throughout the procedure.

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Who is LASEK eye surgery suitable for?

LASEK eye surgery is suitable for patients with thin corneas, where it is important to preserve tissue. Also, patients who practice full-contact martial arts, extreme sports or are in the police or military, are better suited to LASEK eye surgery because of the absence of a flap that could otherwise be disturbed following a blow to the face.

What are the risks of LASEK eye surgery?

The risk of serious complications after LASEK and other surface techniques of laser eye surgery is very rare and is the same as with LASIK (less than 1/1000). The procedure is also painless. As with LASIK laser eye surgery, patients can experience dry eyes, reduced night vision, and glare, although in many cases this is temporary.

What is the process of LASEK eye surgery?

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Consultation

We’ll take you through the process step by step and explain the potential complications to help you to weigh up the risks and benefits in order to make an informed decision regarding LASEK eye surgery.

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Procedure

LASEK eye surgery is surface laser eye surgery in which the wavefront guided treatment is applied directly to the surface of the eye without first cutting a flap in the cornea (as in LASIK).

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Aftercare

After LASEK eye surgery you will have a bandage contact lens to protect the surface of the eye for up to a week after the surgery. You will need to have up to 5 days away from work. Your eyes may also feel more sensitive and gritty after surgery compared to LASIK.

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Recovery

Visual recovery following LASEK eye surgery is slower than after LASIK laser eye surgery, but patients enjoy the same excellent level of vision once the eye has healed. Visual recovery is slower after LASEK eye surgery and can take 1-2 weeks for driving vision to return. Your vision will continue to improve for several weeks after treatment.

What makes our laser eye surgery unique?

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Treatment tailored for you

You are always at the centre of everything we do. We do not offer a one size fits all approach but rather customise every single treatment to your individual visual needs, so you’ll always get the best procedure for your eyes and your vision

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The choice for healthcare professionals

Our surgeons are known the world over and are some of the best in the country, with over 30,000 completed surgeries between them. We treat many surgeons, doctors and anaesthetists who also refer their friends and family to us as they know they will be in safe hands with our expert surgeons

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State of the art technology

We have spared no expense. Eye surgery requires perfect precision, that’s why we have invested in only the latest and most advanced technology. We are not tied into any particular company or manufacturer which means we have complete freedom to choose the best from the many options
available.

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Experts you can trust

Patients need to be able to trust us with their eyes. We are honest with our approach and offer the very best evidence-based treatment with the your best interests always at heart. We pride ourselves on recruiting and retaining the best staff in the business to ensure that you are supported throughout every step of your journey.

Did you know?

Laser eye surgery is not painful! Eye drops containing an anaesthetic solution are applied to your eyes and you’ll be numb within seconds. While you may feel some pressure during the procedure, there is absolutely no pain involved.

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I would wholeheartedly recommend OCL to anyone looking into laser eye surgery. They are surely the best in the field.

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How much does LASEK eye surgery cost?

The costs below are both eyes and include an initial consultation and follow-up appointments.

LASIK

£4500

LASIK for complex prescriptions

£5000

LASEK (advanced surface ablation)

£4500

Laser Blended Vision for Reading Vision

£5000

Find out more about our pricing and the initial consultation required.

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If you have any questions around LASEK eye surgery, we’ll be happy to answer them. Make an enquiry or call us on 0203 369 2020

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