LASIK surgery in Turkey remains the most popular laser eye surgery, but for individuals who are not suitable LASIK candidates, PRK or LASEK may be better options and produce comparable outcomes to LASIK.

Like other types of laser refractive surgery, LASEK works by reshaping the cornea using an excimer laser, allowing light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses.

What is LASEK?

LASEK eye surgery at Este Medical Group in Turkey involves techniques from LASIK and PRK. Like in PRK, the corneal epithelium is separated from the underlying stromal layer. But instead of completely removing and discarding this tissue, as in PRK, the LASEK surgeon pushes an ultra-thin flap of epithelium off to one side of the cornea, where it remains attached to the eye (like the thicker flap of corneal tissue created during LASIK surgery).

After the laser treatment is finished, the epithelial tissue is repositioned on the surface of the eye to cover the lasered stroma, and a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye to keep the epithelium in place as it heals.

The LASEK technique at Este Medical Group avoids any corneal flap-related LASIK complications and lessens the likelihood of removing too much cornea with the excimer laser and compromising the structural integrity of the eye. By avoiding a deeper flap, there also is slightly less risk of developing dry eyes after LASEK eye surgery in Turkey.

How Does it Work?

Numbing anesthetic drops are first applied to your eye. Then your surgeon makes a circular cut in the corneal epithelium using a fine blade (trephine). The trephine leaves a small arc-shaped area of the circle uncut, so the epithelial flap that’s created remains attached to the eye.

A diluted alcohol solution is placed over the eye for approximately 30 seconds, which loosens the edges of the epithelium and enables the surgeon to gently push the loosened flap of epithelium to the side.

The excimer laser is then positioned over the eye to reshape the corneal stroma and correct your vision. After the laser treatment is completed, the epithelial flap is repositioned on the eye. A special contact lens that acts as a protective bandage is then placed over your eye.

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