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LASEK Laser-Assisted-Epithelial Keratomileusis.

Lasek is used to correct short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism.


LASEK (Laser-Assisted-Epithelial Keratomileusis) is a surface laser refractive procedure, similar to Lasik and PRK.

Laser Refractive Eye Surgery is used to improve the refractive state of the eye and decrease dependency on glasses or contact lenses. If you do not have 20/20 vision, you have what is called a refractive error. The most common surgical methods reshape the curvature of the cornea using excimer lasers.

If you are considering laser vision correction, the best way to learn more is to come and meet one of our expert consultants for an assessment. This is a very comprehensive eye examination and along with determining your suitability for refractive surgery, it will allow us see if you are experiencing any other eye issues.

Based on the results of this assessment and taking into consideration your specific needs, your Consultant Ophthalmologist will discuss which treatment options are best for you.

The Procedure

In LASEK eye surgery, an incision is made in the cornea so that the outer layer of the cornea can be lifted and then loosened. The surface of the cornea is then shaped with the laser allowing light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision.

The layer of tissue is then repositioned and a bandage contact lense used to cover the treated area as it heals.

LASEK like PRK are options for patients whose corneas are too thin for LASIK.

Following The Procedure

After surgery we follow a set post-surgical check-up program which includes appointments at 24hrs, 1 week, 3 months and 1 year. Importantly, our Consultants are available on a 24-hour emergency number should you need support. This will all be explained to you during your consulations with our team.

You may experience the following after your procedure:

  • Sensation of having a foreign object in your eye
  • Temporarily reduced vision under poorly lit conditions
  • Dry eyes, requiring the use of moisturising drops
  • Hazy or cloudy vision


The Mater Private Eye Laser Clinic is a consultant and hospital based practice. We have a long track record in safety and experience. We pride ourselves on standards of care particularly in relation to our follow-up care program.

At the Mater Private Eye Laser Clinic you are in the hands of some of the most experienced Eye Laser Surgeons in Ireland. In fact the Mater Private Hospital is Ireland’s only training and teaching centre for Eye Laser Surgery.