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LASEK and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

Laser surgery on the surface of the eye was the original and safest way to correct shortsight, long-sight and astigmatism with excimer laser.

The main advantages of LASEK are:

  • Safety
  • Excellent visual result
  • Generally less expensive
  • Quick
  • Painless outpatient procedure
  • Minimally invasive
  • Can be used to treat thin corneas

Viewpoint surgeons have offered this treatment since 1995 with excellent long term results.

The procedure involves gently removing the surface cells of the cornea before reshaping it with the laser. In PRK the surface cells are gently scraped away with a scalpel whereas in LASEK the surface cells are loosened by soaking the surface of the cornea in Alcohol for a minute and then gently displacing the surface layer. In effect the two procedures are identical apart form the method used to expose the surface of the cornea.

The actual laser procedure is short, painless, and only requires topical anesthetics or eye drops. PRK or LASEK can be used to treat myopia up to -6.00 dioptres, hyperopia up to +2.00 dioptres and mild to moderate astigmatism. The treatment is very successful for this level of correction.

Like LASIK, PRK and LASEK usually takes less than few minutes per eye. However, recovery time is slightly longer.

I have worn reading glasses for years so I decided I would go for laser surgery. Read several negative reviews on high street stores and it appeared it was a case of do the procedure and that's it, no aftercare as such and not always good results. But then I came across Viewpoint. The reviews were good so I made an appointment. Although I initially thought I would be having laser surgery, Dr Chitkara recommended I had a Raindrop Implant. Although the thought of someone cutting my eye and inserting a lens, albeit tiny, terrified me I thought I would take the plunge and go for it! I can honestly say it was totally painless. Drops are administered in the eye and you cannot feel a thing. The procedure took about ten minutes and post-op Dr Chitkara suggested I take paracetamol if there was any discomfort - there wasn't. I have been for a check up every four weeks and everything is fine. I can now read without glasses unless it is very small, faint print. It can take six months to see the full benefit. I would definitely recommend Dr Chitkara and the Raindrop Implant, just wish I had had it done years ago! Beverley W –  Cheshire July 2016
Not the most pleasant surgery experience I’ve ever been subjected to but wow! What a great result! 34 years with spectacles and now 20-20 vision and given up smoking to boot! Well worth it!
Roy A  
My consultation was absolutely hospitable and enjoyable. I wish I knew this man before because I went elsewhere and did not receive adequate help even though I paid fees, causing me so much stress. The operation was easy, painless and all through the process DR Chitkara and staff were very friendly and reassuring. This has changed my life completely now my sight is restored. Dr Chitkara even phoned me after surgery at home to make sure I was doing well. I can’t say enough how I appreciate his service and kindness.
Amare G   
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