What is LASEK?

Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis, or LASEK, is a fairly new vision correction procedure which combines elements of two better-known vision correction procedures: LASIK and Photorefractive Keratectomy Eye Surgery (or “PRK”), and it is primarily performed to treat astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Let’s take a closer look at the LASEK procedure, and why it may be right for you.

Top Questions about LASEK

  1. How does the LASEK procedure work? During the procedure, small blade will be used to make an incision in the cornea (the clear tissue directly in front of the eye.) Unlike LASIK surgery in which the blade is used to create a flap, the outer layer of the cornea is lifted and then loosened with an alcohol solution. A laser is then used to reshape the surface of the cornea. Following the procedure, a clear bandage contact lens will be placed on the eye until it is healed. Healing may take a few days, and the patient will need to return to the doctor’s office for two or three days after surgery. Vision will soon improve, and continue to improve dramatically over the next several months. Patients may need to apply topical drops to their eyes following surgery.
  2. Are there any advantages to having LASEK over LASIK? Yes! LASEK is generally considered safer than LASIK. LASEK surgery eliminates complications associated with cutting and reattaching the flap in the cornea. The procedure also causes less dry eye than LASIK, since no corneal nerves are being cut. (During LASIK, corneal nerves are cut when the flap is created.)
  3. Am I a candidate for LASEK? LASEK surgery is considered ideal for patients who require greater visual correction, including those with astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Patients who have very thin corneas may also be good candidates for this procedure.
  4. Are there any side-effects associated with LASEK? LASEK eye surgery is considered safe and, generally speaking, has few side-effects. However, potential complications include dry eyes, hazy or cloudy vision, and temporarily impaired vision.

Questions about LASEK? Contact Dr. Giyaur!

Are you considering LASEK? Contact Dr. Julia Giyaur today to book your appointment. We are conveniently located in Brooklyn and Rego Park, and can be reached at 718.676.6464. We look forward to meeting you!

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