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Woman's eye and high-tech concept representing LASIK surgeryLaser Vision Correction has a long history of success and improvements have been made over the years. At present, Laser Vision Correction has a high success rate and low risk profile. Many people can see better than they could with prior contact lenses or glasses wear.

However, there is still some confusion over the types of Laser Vision Correction available. It boils down to whether a flap of corneal tissue is created, and the treatment performed under a flap or if the treatment is performed on the corneal surface without a flap. The flap treatment is known as Laser Assisted Intrastromal Keratomileusis (LASIK), and the surface treatment is known as Laser Assisted Subepithelial Keratomileusis (LASEK — which has a related surface treatment known as PRK -Photorefractive Keratomileusis).

What are the Differences?

Results of LASEK vs LASIK:

The results of each are the same because the treating laser for the prescription is the same.

LASEK vs LASIK Surgery:

Both surgeries are performed with a state-of-art laser, the Alcon Wavelight EX500. Here are some similarities and differences:

LASEK vs LASIK Postoperative:

These are the biggest postoperative similarities and differences between the two procedures:

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