LASEK is a vision correction procedure that incorporates several of the advantages of previous procedures. LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) combines the advantages of the two most common treatments, LASIK and PRK. Astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness are all treated by LASEK eye surgery.
The LASEK procedure is believed to provide a number of benefits, including:
- There are no complications connected with generating and reattaching the corneal flap.
- Dry eye is less common after LASEK eye surgery than after LASIK eye surgery.
- Various procedures are utilized in LASEK eye surgery to save the very thin corneal surface layer of cells (epithelium) that is needed to repair the cornea after laser sculpting. LASIK uses a laser or a mechanical device (microkeratome) to generate a thicker flap under which the laser sculpting is done.
LASEK Eye Surgery Procedure
LASEK surgery is performed using a topical anesthetic that is injected directly into the eye. The top layer of cells, known as the epithelium, is treated with alcohol for around 30 seconds before being removed from the underlying tissue. It is then pulled or rolled back to allow access to the cornea tissue by the eye specialist. The freshly exposed tissue is treated with the same laser that is used for LASIK and PRK eye surgery. After that, the top layer of cells is placed.
LASEK also reduces the risk of infection and the occurrence of corneal haze following surgery. In addition, LASEK procedures reduce the risk of uneven flaps that might occur with LASIK. As a result, the corneal nerve feeling recovers more quickly. There are lower risks of dry eye, which is a typical side effect of LASIK surgery, because corneal nerves play a key part in keeping the feedback process that keeps the eye lubricated in check. Because LASIK involves making extensive cuts into the corneal tissues, you may choose thin, uneven, or flat-shaped corneas from LASEK.
Expectations following LASEK eye surgery are comparable to those following LASIK. LASEK eye surgery creates a flap that heals in four to seven days, and the patient typically wears a special contact lens that acts as a bandage for up to four days after surgery. During the first day or two after LASEK eye surgery, patients may experience irritation in their eyes. Good eyesight is frequently achieved in a few days for patients who undergo the LASIK treatment. For LASEK eye surgery, however, this could take up to a week. The day following LASEK eye surgery, as well as one week and three months later, you will return to the doctor for an evaluation.
If you’d like to learn more about LASEK surgery and how it can help you, please contact our DLEI specialists immediately. The entire team is looking forward to talking more about these issues with you and assisting you in making the best possible decisions about your vision and eye health.