LASEK (Laser Assisted in-situ Epithelial Keratomileusis)

LASEK is an extremely popular laser vision correction procedure that applies superior and highly innovative technologies in the industry today. Normally this procedure is used to correct serious vision problems that tend to considerably affect an individual’s life such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in an easy cost effective and highly efficient way. Indeed over the years many experts have endorsed this surgery due to its simplicity particularly since it can be carried out right at the doctor’s office and its high success rates. Once a patent undergoes the procedure they tend to be free of eye wear dependency and at the same time enjoy clarity in vision that until now was thought of as unattainable.  This paper takes an in-depth look into the LASEK procedure including how it works, its merits and how it fairs while compared to other popular laser correction procedures such as LASIK.


How it works

  • After passing a thorough screening and testing session the doctor prepares the patient for this simple and extremely quick procedure done without any complicated instruments.
  • The surgeon numbs the surgical area with anesthetic eye drops.
  • The surgeon then removes the top layer of the cornea as a flap like sheet and then sculptures the cornea with the laser energy to correct the vision problem.
  • After correcting the problem the flap is replaced carefully in place on the surface of the eye.
  • Then the surgeon inserts a soft contact lens over the eye to allow healing for a few days after the surgery.


LASEK compared to LASIK

Just like LASEK the LASIK surgery is also an elective refractive laser correction procedure applied in many different cases with remarkable results. Given that they are equally as effective and beneficial to patient the only difference between these procedures lies in how they are actually carried out. For example although there is the creation of the protective flap during both surgeries; in LASIK the surgeon uses a unique tool called the microkeratome to create this flap while in LASEK the surgeon doesn’t use this tool but rather uses a special medical solution. With this solution the surgeon carefully removes the delicate epithelium flap to the side until the protective flap completely forms. After the procedure the surgeon replaces the flap in both procedures and allows the eye to commence healing.


The advantages of LASEK

In most cases the LASEK procedure accommodates all types of patients including those turned down for LASIK due to a thin or oddly shaped cornea. Apart from its versatility it is also very popular to many patients who are uncomfortable with the microkeratome used during LASIK. For more information about these two and many other laser correction procedures visitOptiView Vision Center website and learn more.