What is Lasek and when is this laser eye treatment performed?

Lasek, or Laser Assisted Epithelial Keratomileusis, is a laser eye treatment whereby the upper layer of the cornea (epithelium) is shifted aside. This treatment is often applied when the eye is neither suitable for a Lasik treatment, nor for the IntraLasik Femtosecond treatment. The treatment is performed in case of a thin cornea, dry eyes, a low strength or a heightened risk of eye damage. This is the case, for example, for people who play contact sports or who have a profession which might be dangerous to their eyes.

What is the procedure for a Lasek laser eye treatment?


Preliminary examination

During the preliminary examination a number of accurate eye measurements take place. Thus we determine your visual acuity, the thickness of the cornea, and the amount of ocular fluid produced by your eye(s). The preliminary examination is not painful. Pupil-dilating drops are administered into your eyes, so your vision might become a little blurry. For this reason, we advise you to take someone with you to the preliminary examination. If you are wearing contact lenses, you should stop wearing them 1 week (in case of soft contact lenses) or 3 weeks (in case of hard contact lenses) before this examination.

Laser refractive surgery

Just before the treatment, the eye is anaesthetised with eye drops. The face is partially covered with a sterile cloth. To prevent you from blinking, the eye is kept open with an eye lid spreader. Other than with the Intralasik Femtosecond method, the outer or upper layer of the cornea is partially macerated with alcohol. The epithelium is shifted aside to expose the second layer of the cornea. The laser grinds the cornea to the desired shape. Finally, the loosened flap is neatly put back into place.

After surgery

After the Lasek operation, a protective contact lens (without prescription) is placed on the eye. This helps the eye to recover more quickly. You are to wear this lens for four days. As with the IntraLasik Femtosecond method, you will receive an eye drop schedule.

Side effects

Because the surgery takes place at the surface of the cornea, people often find this method more painful than the IntraLasik Femtosecond method. The pain usually sets in after two hours after surgery, and can be felt especially on the second and third day. After that, these complaints disappear quickly. A dim room, dark sun glasses and pain killers (no penicillin) may alleviate possible pain. These complaints do not necessarily occur with every person, and the degree in which they occur may also vary from person to person.

In the first few days after surgery, your vision might be impaired. Once the lens is taken out, this will improve greatly. Please take into account that your vision might vary during the first few weeks after surgery. In the evenings you might see circles around lamp lights or have trouble seeing in backlight situations. The healing process takes a little bit longer than with the IntraLasik Femtosecond method, but the end result is similar.

Are you suitable for Lasek?

Do you wish to know whether your eyes are suitable for a Lasek treatment? After the preliminary examination for laser refractive surgery, we will indicate which treatment is the most suitable one for your eyes. The ophthalmologist takes the final decision about the laser eye treatment method.

Yes, I want an extensive preliminary examination for laser refractive surgery

Costs of a Lasek treatment

The costs of the Lasek treatment amount to € 899 per eye. Please refer to our cost overviewfor the latest prices.