Several types of vision-correction eye surgery are available at our Brooklyn office. LASEK eye surgery, not to be confused with LASIK eye surgery, is a type of refractive eye surgery done to improve conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This procedure is a combination of LASIK and PRK. During your consultation, your eye surgeon may recommend this procedure.
What Happens During LASEK Eye Surgery?
LASEK eye surgery involves reshaping the cornea, which is the outermost portion of the eye. In this procedure, the surgeon uses an excimer laser to make very small changes to the cornea’s shape. These contouring changes enable light to enter the eye so that it focuses properly, creating clearer images. Many people no longer need eyeglasses or contact lenses after this procedure.
During LASEK eye surgery, the surgeon separates the corneal epithelium — the outer layer of tissue covering the cornea — from the layer underneath, moving it to the side but not removing or detaching it from the eye. After reshaping the cornea, the surgeon repositions the refracted tissue back onto the eye. This helps to speed healing.
The LASEK procedure differs from the PRK and LASIK procedures in a couple of ways. In LASEK eye surgery, the surgeon moves the very thin flap of corneal epithelium to the side of the cornea; in PRK eye surgery, the surgeon actually removes this tissue. Also, LASEK surgery involves the removal of significantly less tissue than the LASIK procedure.
Outcomes from LASEK eye surgery performed in our Brooklyn office are quite similar to those from PRK or LASIK, but the LASEK procedure may be a better fit for some people.
What Can You Expect During LASEK Eye Surgery?
LASEK has a very high success rate and a low level of complications. After visiting our office and having an examination, our team will work with you to determine if this procedure is right for your needs.
LASEK eye surgery is done as an outpatient procedure. During the surgery, a surgeon guides a pulsing laser over your corneal tissues to make changes to your eye. You will be awake during the procedure, but you will receive numbing medications so that you will not feel anything.
After the surgery, you’ll be able to go home after resting for a bit. We’ll tell you when you can start driving and getting back to your normal activities. Most people need to take about a week off from work while their vision improves.
Should You Consider LASEK Eye Surgery?
Many patients find that the LASEK procedure is an excellent way to improve their vision, so they do not have to worry about wearing glasses or contacts anymore. It is a safe procedure, but like any surgery, there are some risks. We will discuss these risks when you visit our office. It’s best to schedule a consultation to learn more about this procedure and others to determine which is right for your needs.