LASEK has the relative advantage in that it avoids any of the potential complications encountered while making the flap and during the flap healing process. The relative disadvantage is that, as with PRK, vision recovery is slower than LASIK and there is often moderate, but temporary discomfort for a few days after the procedure.
Generally, a thin soft bandage contact lens will be worn for several days after treatment to help with healing and minimize discomfort. Good functional vision is usually achieved within 7 days after treatment. For patients with thin corneas and sometimes for farsighted, or hyperopic patients, LASEK may be recommended as the best treatment option. After a thorough consultation, your eye surgeon will make a recommendation about whether LASIK, Epi-LASIK, PRK or LASEK will provide you with the best and safest results.