LASEK

LASEK


LASEK is a laser treatment for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Compared to PRK, many patients find there is less haze and discomfort. When compared to LASIK, LASEK does not use a cutting tool as there is no need to create a flap within the cornea. Using anesthetic drops, your Doctor will numb your eyes. Special drops will the be applied to loosen a thin layer at the front of the eye. After a short period of time, a surgical sponge will be applied to soak up excess liquid. Your doctor will then carefully move the front thin layer to one side leaving it anchored to the outmost part of the cornea. This process exposes the underlying tissue which is suitable for laser treatment. You will then be asked to look at a blurry light. Once you are ready, the laser is applied. Advanced computer calculations determine the number of laser pulses from measurements taken before surgery. Your doctor will fold back the thin flap and ensure it is smooth. Once in place, a temporary contact lens is applied to allow the eye to heal.