LASEK stands for laser-assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy and the results are as excellent as with LASIK treatment.
The difference is that LASEK is a surface treatment. Instead of a flap being created, the epithelium (top layer of corneal cells) is loosened with 20% alcohol solution, and moved to the side whilst the cool beam from the excimer laser reshapes the cornea (just like in LASIK treatment). The layer is then put back into its original position and takes 3 to 4 days to heal, and can be uncomfortable during this time.
Advanced Wavefront LASEK is able to treat a wide variety of prescriptions; long-sight, short-sight and astigmatism.
This procedure is normally carried out at our Harley Street clinic to treat individuals whose corneas are too thin for LASIK, or for those who participate in contact sports as a profession.
AVC are leading providers in LASIK and LASEK eye surgery. Our lead surgeon, Mr CT Pillai, is widely recognised as one of the best laser eye surgeons in the world with over 25 years’ of surgical experience. He is a pioneering surgeon, committed to providing every patient with the best possible treatment available using the most state of the art technology, so that every patient can enjoy outstanding results. As with any treatment, it is important to find a qualified and skilled surgeon, and Mr Pillai’s expertise makes him one of the most sought after refractive surgeons in the country.
Advanced Wavefront LASEK is used to treat a variety of prescriptions, long-sight, short-sight and astigmatism, and all within the space of a few minutes. It can also be used to treat those found unsuitable for LASIK treatment.
To be potentially suitable you must be:
Aged over the age of 18
Within the following prescription range: Between -9 DS (short sighted) and +2 DS (long sighted), up to -5 DC (astigmatism)
Have a stable prescription
Good general health
With the best international surgical team in the UK, our combined expertise in laser and non-laser treatments is without precedent. We take great pride in having the skills to help even those who have been turned down by other clinics. So book a consultation now to learn how AVC can perfect your sight and improve your quality of life today.
Although we are passionate about correcting the sight of all those we possibly can, AVC neither provides experimental treatments nor operate on those who suffer from conditions that prevent safe and ethical treatment.
Common reasons patients are found unsuitable for LASEK treatment include:
Age: patients younger than 18 are ineligible.
Pregnancy or breastfeeding: hormonal changes experienced during pregnancy and breastfeeding can temporarily affect the refractive errors of the individual
Unusually thin corneas
Exceptionally large pupils
Unstable prescription: patients whose prescriptions have changed significantly in the past year should wait until their vision stabilises
Certain medications: You would be ruled out for laser surgery at our London clinic if you are taking immunosuppressant drugs.
Specific health conditions: These include herpes virus or hepatitis C. You would also be exempt from treatment if you suffer from certain autoimmune diseases.
Previous instance of serious eye trauma or retinal detachment.
Laser eye surgery involves reshaping the cornea at the front of eye to correct visual defects and imperfections like short sight, long sight and astigmatism. Laser treatment is designed to alter the point where the light reaches in the eye (retina). To correct short sight, the cornea is flattened and to correct long sight, the cornea is curved.
During LASEK treatment, the epithelium (a very thin corneal surface layer of cells) is preserved. This epithelium is then used in re-covering the cornea once the laser sculpting is complete. In contrast, LASIK creates a thicker flap with the use of a laser, beneath which the laser sculpting takes place.
LASEK surgery is able to achieve the same visual outcomes as LASIK as both use the same technology, technique and require a personalised treatment plan.
The main difference between the two treatments is how the preparation stage is conducted; the creation of the corneal flap. As a result, the visual recovery following LASEK is slightly longer compared to LASIK due to it being a surface treatment.
We are leading providers in LASEK laser eye surgery, not just because of our state of the art technology, but more importantly due to Mr CT Pillai, AVC’s Medical Director who is a highly skilled corneal specialist and is extremely sought after in the field of vision correction. You will be in the hands of an expert pioneering surgeon who has over 25 years’ of experience in the field of refractive surgery. Having an experienced surgeon carry out your LASEK procedure is paramount in ensuring you are getting the very best quality of vision, and in the safest manner possible.
Freedom from contact lenses (no dryness, irritation, hassle)
Freedom from glasses (no more steaming up, slipping off)
Better sport’s performance
Good option for those with thin corneas
Approved for patients who participate in contact sports
No more glasses falling down or steaming up
Cost effectiveness in the long run
LASEK treatment approved by the FDA in 1995
Advanced Vision Care provide all our patients with only clinically trialled and tested treatments and LASEK is no different with treatment having been approved by the FDA in 1995.
We are one of the leading providers in LASEK eye surgery, not just because of our state of the art technology, but more importantly due to Mr CT Pillai, AVC’s Medical Director who is a highly skilled corneal specialist and is extremely sought after in the field of vision correction. You will be in the hands of an expert pioneering surgeon who has over 25 years’ of experience in the field of refractive surgery. Having an experienced surgeon carry out your laser procedure is paramount in ensuring you are getting the very best quality of vision, and in the safest manner possible. For these reasons and many more, AVC is increasingly the eye clinic of choice for patients wanting vision correction across the globe.
On the day of your LASEK surgery, avoid wearing eye makeup or any hair accessories that could make it difficult for you to properly position your head beneath the laser.
When arriving at the clinic on the day of surgery our friendly and experienced clinical team will guide you through every step of the way. The treatment is painless and only takes 20 minutes for both eyes.
The LASEK eye surgery procedure is as follows:
Anaesthetic drops are then applied to numb the eyes. You will be awake and comfortable throughout the procedure.
The consultant will then apply an eye lid guard which is used to prevent blinking.
The corneal flap is then created manually by using a weak alcohol solution to soften the upper epithelial cells which are then gently moved to expose the tissue
The excimer laser uses your personalised treatment plan to reshape the corneal tissue to correct your prescription.
Throughout the procedure, the Advanced Control Eye-tracking (ACE) system guides the laser during the treatment by following and mirroring the movement of your eye.
A protective soft contact lens is placed in each eye.
Your specialist nurse will go through any precautions and medications that are needed to aid recovery.
Your aftercare will begin the 4 to 5 days after procedure
Bausch & Lomb Technolas have over 20 years of refractive experience in making vision correcting lasers with unparalleled precision, stability and accuracy. At Advanced Vision Care we only use the most advanced technology, providing the gold standard in Laser surgery. Our excimer laser is the Bausch & Lomb Technolas TENEO 317 (released in 2017). It is the fastest treating and newest excimer laser available and provides the best outcomes. It provides optical sculpting by precisely evaporating tissue from the collagen layer of the cornea.
Fast: 1 sec per dioptre with typical treatment lasting between 3 to 5 seconds, which allows for a reduction in thermal effects on the cornea leading to quicker recovery time
Precise with optimised accuracy
A 500Hz ‘flying spot’ laser enables the creation of complex and customised treatments for short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia
The Bausch & Lomb Zywave Aberrometer meticulously measures the prescription and imperfections (aberrations) of the eye. It does this by passing a beam along 9000 points of the cornea to the retina and calculates the required refractive errors in these exact locations. This data creates a refractive and aberrations profile of each pupil.
The Zywave Aberrometer then uses the Zernike algorithm to mathematically reconstruct the wavefront. As the Zywave Aberrometer measures total wavefront aberrations and mathematically represents them up to the 5th order Zernike terms, it not just limited to sphere and cylinder (used for glasses and contact lens prescriptions). This data, combined with the many tests performed at your consultation, is used to create a truly personalised treatment plan.
During the consultation a scan and map the entire iris of each eye is performed. Like finger prints, no two irises are the same and a unique digital identification is generated for each eye. It is this map that forms the foundation from which the multi-dimensional eye tracker operates.
Throughout the procedure the Advanced Control Eye-tracking (ACE) system is used, this is a 6 dimensional eye tracker which will guide the laser during the treatment by tracking and mirroring the movement of the eye, and if there is too much movement the laser will shut off.
Before treatment can begin the ACE system has to first recognise the unique ID for the eye being treated. This ensures the treatment profiles are always associated with the correct patient and the correct eye of the patient.
Iris recognition technology ensures accurate placement of your personalised laser treatment
Tracks all eye movements – 6 dimensions (XYZ, intraoperative rotations and static rotations using iris recognition technology)
Takes pictures of the eye (sampling rate) 1,750 times per second (1750Hz)
Has a response time of 2ms – so no laser pulses are ever misplaced
The eye tracker can follow the most sudden or subtle of eye movements
FREE consultation – £100 deposit is required and refunded at the consultation
Advanced Wavefront LASEK – £1995 per eye (deposit of £250 per eye which is deducted from the final cost)
For more complex refractive errors – From £300 extra per eye (2-step or more treatments)
AVC do not charge extra for Advanced Wavefront (laser only), high prescriptions or pupil size
From £62.29 per month
24 months interest-free finance
* Fee includes comprehensive testing with the latest technology and the opportunity to meet with the AVC Medical Director and Lead Surgeon, Dr CT Pillai. We ensure everybody benefits from his expertise, has a definitive answer about suitability and is given a bespoke treatment plan.
Interest Free Finance
To make vision correction treatment more affordable, we provide flexible interest free finance plans. Using our flexible finance options, you can spread the cost of your surgery with interest free monthly repayments, meaning you don’t pay more than the actual cost of your surgery.
At AVC, we value flexibility and give our patients the option to pay a larger deposit to reduce the cost of the monthly repayments. We have partnered with Hitachi Finance to provide finance plans that are not only interest free but can be paid off early without being penalised.
£62.29 (per month)
24 months interest-free finance
is available starting from just £62.29 per month for complete treatment per eye, with a deposit of £500 (APR 0%) per eye, subject to application. If you wish to pay a larger deposit, even lower monthly finance rates are available, all interest-free.
Your 4 step treatment plan
Our 5 star treatment is all about what is best for you
At AVC, we believe that it is essential to be selective to ensure that every patient has the best treatment to suit their visual and lifestyle needs which is why determining suitability is incredibly important.
Your aftercare begins immediately after treatment when you are taken to the recovery room to relax and, when you are ready to leave, our specialist nurse will examine you before you go home.
Why choose AVC for a Lasek treatment?
First Class Treatments
Gold standard in laser treatment, using only the safest and most advanced technology to provide outstanding results, constantly surpassing expectations. AVC has the fastest treating excimer laser available on the market, treatment typically taking only 3 to 5 seconds. First and only clinic in Europe to have a transparent theatre, used for purposes of training and allowing families to watch treatment. Both laser vision correcting treatments (Lasik and Lasek) are approved by the FDA.
First Class Surgeons
Truly bespoke treatment plans individually designed for each eye of every patient. Dr Pillai was one of the first surgeons in the UK to perform bilateral (both eyes treated on the same day) Lasik treatment. AVC’s Medical Director and laser surgeon is a refractive and corneal specialist with over 25 years of experience as an ophthalmic surgeon.
First Class Service
If a patient is found unsuitable for laser treatment, alternative treatments can be offered to correct the prescription. AVC have the largest independent optometrist network in the country, meaning patients can have treatment at the Harley Street clinic and enjoy incredible aftercare at a more convenient location. Transparent pricing – you pay the same price regardless of how complex your prescription is.
"Very reassuring, lots of opportunities to ask questions, and all staff friendly and professional."
"Amazing service ! I had lasik treatment and I have 20/20 vision I wish I had done it a long time ago the staff are Professional and the follow up after surgery was second to none I would recommend this company to everybody I know."
"I am very pleased with receiving my vision to see things clearly. For example, to distinguish different Colours and Driving at nights without Glasses. Thank You."
"The care given was absolutely fabulous from start to finish. Staff were caring, patient and reassuring. I would recommend AVC to anyone considering this procedure."
"I am extremely happy with the results of my treatment and would have no reservations in recommending AVC to anyone."
"My partner had laser eye surgery and the results were amazing. The staff were very attentive and put him at ease. I would recommend them to anyone thinking about the treatment. It only took minutes for the treatment!"