Advanced Surface Ablation / LASEK Eye Surgery

Also known as PRK or LASEK, Advanced Surface Ablation is an incisionless procedure with vision restored within 1-3 days. Book your FREE no obligation screening today and find out if you’re suitable.

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What is Advanced Surface Ablation / LASEK?

Advanced Surface Ablation is a routinely performed Laser Vision Correction procedure to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses; it can correct short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism (blurred vision due to the shape of the cornea not being regular). It differs to LASIK as it does not involve the creation of a corneal flap. Instead, the most superficial self-healing layer of the cornea, the epithelium, is removed; the excimer laser then sculpts the cornea, correcting the refractive error.

Advanced Surface Ablation is usually performed if the cornea is too thin for LASIK or the creation of flap is undesirable, such as when hobbies or occupation risk eye injury. Most of these patients can now be treated with SMILE, a new flapless keyhole procedure that is available at Laser Vision Eye Centre.

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How LASEK Works


The Procedure

The entire procedure is painless, although a feeling of pressure on the eyes may be noticed at times. Similar to LASIK, it typically lasts 5-10 minutes for each eye and around 30 minutes for the whole procedure.

After anaesthetic drops are given to numb the eyes you will be taken to the treatment room and asked to lay on the bed. A lid speculum is applied to keep your eyes open and to stop you from blinking. The surgeon firstly removes the corneal epithelium usually with the assistance of a dilute alcohol solution that weakens the attachments of the epithelium. Then the excimer laser is used to resculpt your cornea. A protective contact lens is finally placed on the eye to minimize post-operative discomfort and assist healing.


Immediately after the procedure you will be taken to your room to rest where the surgeon will check your eyes. You will be given antibiotic, steroid and lubricating eye drops to assist healing of your eyes. You will continue to administer these at home for the next few weeks. Oral pain relief will also be provided. You should arrange for someone to drive you home where you should rest for the remainder of the day.

A key difference between Advanced Surface Ablation and LASIK or SMILE is that following Advanced Surface Ablation the gritty sensation and sensitivity to light are more pronounced and last longer – typically 3-5 days. The improvement in vision is also slower, taking up to 1 month to stabilise. However, the final vision is not inferior to LASIK or SMILE. 


You will return to the clinic a few days after your procedure to check your progress. Your Laser Vision Eye Centre surgeons, David or Aris, will review you at this visit. You will also have check ups at 1-2 weeks and 3 months.

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We're rated excellent on Trustpilot & average 5-stars on Google, Doctify and TopDoctor for the outstanding service we provide before, during & after treatment.

Hannah Gough
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An absolute dream
Aris and team made the whole procedure from start to finish an absolute dream. All questions answered in a language that anyone could understand, more detail given when requested. Calming even during the procedure. Appointments ran fairly late, so could go outside of work hours and travel. Everything was efficient, didn't have to chase, they handled all the faff around COVID like champs. Don't forget to enter your reg number on arrival to the hospital though!
Julie House
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My whol experience has been superb
I am today the morning after having completed presbyond surgery and I am absolutely delighted. The actual surgery was nothing to worry about and is completely pain free. I have spent my first night with slightly fuzzy vision and mildly gritty eyes but this really was the only side effect. This morning I opened my eyes to vision better than I can ever remember and on having my first check with Mr. Anderson it was confirmed I have 20/20 vision.
Victoria Lewis
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The ‘Gold Standard’ of laser eye surgery
Mr David Anderson is one of the leading Consultant Ophthalmologists which is why I chose him to perform my surgery. During the consultation I was very much assured that I was in good hands, but also having the ‘Gold Standard’ of laser eye surgery. It was explained that my best option was LASEK due to an eye infection rendering me contact lens intolerant. This also left me with a slightly reduced tear film... read more.
Anna Blackman
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I now have better than 20/20 vision
From start to finish, Mr Anderson and his team were wonderful!! Mr Anderson always took his time, explained every clearly and was happy to answer any questions. I now have better than 20/20 vision - and no more glasses 🙂 I would recommend Mr Anderson to anyone looking into laser eye surgery!
Lynn Farley-Rose
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I wish I hadn't waited so long
Following an injury to my cornea that never healed properly, I had phototherapeutic keratectomy. At all stages I have had the chance to ask plenty of questions and have been given balanced information. The procedure itself was done with great efficiency and professionalism from both the medical and nursing staff. Aftercare has also been good and I am entirely satisfied. I only wish I hadn't waited so long to have it done!
John Waterman
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Cannot recommend enough
The process was completely painless and quick. Any concerns you have to do with treatment whether it be the treatment itself, the aftercare... Dr Anderson will explain in detail and with patience. Also your are looked after so well by the nurses just before and after your treatment, they honestly couldn't do more to help you feel comfortable and relaxed. You are booked in for follow up treatments after your surgery and you feel like they really do care about how your eyes are and how much better your vision is, which is an incredible difference ,you feel like you aren't just a customer who they want in and out.
Graham Charlesworth
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I have been thoroughly impressed
I have been thoroughly impressed with the level of care and professionalism that Aris and his team have shown at all stages in the process. The initial assessment, the procedure itself and then follow-up consultations. Although this was something that I approached with much trepidation I am really happy with the way that it ended up and the path that I followed.

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