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Although LASEK surgery and LASIK surgery are very similar procedures which yield similar results, there are some advantages to LASEK. One of these advantages is the decreased potential for dry eye. Another advantage is the elimination of complications which stem from cutting and reattaching the flap in the cornea.
For some patients the most important advantage of LASEK surgery is the procedure can make vision correction surgery an option for patients who were considered poor candidates for LASIK. This includes patients with thin corneas and patients with steep corners. During LASEK the thickness of the flap cut in the cornea is significantly less than the thickness required during LASIK.