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What is LASEK Eye Surgery?
LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) is an alternative to LASIK used to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. A gentle solution is used to loosen the top layer of the cornea (epithelium) and this layer is gently removed. The excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea, the epithelial flap is replaced, and a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye. LASEK is a great option for those patients who have thin corneas to provide an alternative to LASIK.
During the procedure, Dr. Rohr uses eye drops to numb the eye. He places the solution on the cornea for a few seconds, and then the ultra-thin flap is created. The excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea to correct the vision, as done in LASIK and PRK. Dr. Rohr replaces the epithelial flap and places a bandage contact lens on the eye to assist the healing process.
Similar to PRK, for the first couple days after LASEK, there is slightly more discomfort and blurriness than with LASIK. However, normal work activities can usually be resumed within a week. The protective contact lens used to aid in the healing of the cornea is generally left on the eye for up to a week. Dr. Rohr will painlessly remove this bandage lens in the office. Eye drops are generally used for approximately one month, compared to one week with LASIK.
LASEK/PRK vs. LASIK
-LASEK and PRK are alternatives to LASIK for patients who have thin corneas or who require re-treatment from unsuccessful LASIK at other facilities.
-Patients will experience longer periods of blurriness and fluctuation of vision with LASEK and PRK compared to a couple days with LASIK.
-Patients may also experience greater discomfort/irritation for a few more days than with LASIK.