Lasik & Phakic Iol | Alternatives to Lasik | LASEK

LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis) surgery is able to correct vision in patients with corneas that are too flat or too steep for LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis). It offers less post-operative pain and a shorter recovery time than PRK (photorefractive keratectomy).
As with all refractive surgeries, patients are asked to discontinue contact lens use several weeks prior to the surgery, to allow enough time for the cornea to return to its original shape.

In LASEK surgery, the surface cornea layer is treated with alcohol and then peeled back to permit reshaping of the underlying layers of the cornea with an excimer laser.

LASIK surgery employs a laser or microkeratome to cut flaps in the cornea and correct its shape. LASEK involves displacing the surface epithelium of the cornea using dilute alcohol. This helps in eliminating some of the potential flap problems that could arise from a deeper incision created during a LASIK procedure.

Following surgery you will need to use eye drops for up to two months, and you should refrain from contact sports and swimming. Patients are asked to wear a protective contact lens over the eye. The eye will stay blurry for one to two weeks. A halo side effect may be experienced for a little longer, but will eventually subside.

LASEK recovery always takes longer than LASIK. And more pain may be experienced from the LASEK procedure because the nerve regeneration is taking place faster. The use of a bandage contact lens and anti-inflammatory drops greatly improves comfort. Other side effects from this surgery, which will lessen in a year or less, may include dry eyes and poor night vision.

For more information on LASEK surgery in the St. Louis area through Washington University Physicians or to make an appointment, please call 314-996-3300

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