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LASEK — The Latest Approach to Corrective Laser Eye Surgery

The first laser for LASIK eye surgery was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1998. Since then, a new approach to corrective laser eye surgery called LASEK has been developed. This procedure is different from LASIK, which you’re probably familiar with. 

If you’re having trouble with your eyesight and you’re considering laser surgery, schedule an appointment with ophthalmologist Dr. Randa Garrana at Advanced Lasik in New York City, Long Beach, California, or Pasadena, California. She’s a trusted eye expert with years of experience performing these procedures on our patients.

What is LASEK?

LASEK, or laser epithelial keratomileusis, is a new advancement in corrective laser eye surgery that combines the benefits of LASIK and PRK. It’s used on three common eye conditions: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This treatment is a great option for people with thin corneas who aren’t good candidates for LASIK.

What should I expect?

In this procedure, Dr. Garrana uses an alcohol solution to loosen the outer layer of your cornea. This outer layer, also called the epithelium, is moved over so she can access your cornea with the laser.

After the laser surgery is complete, the layer of cells is repositioned. Then, she covers it with a bandage contact lens that stays on for about four days while your eye heals. We recommend taking off from work and avoiding strenuous activities during that time.

Does it hurt?

You may feel like something’s in your eye and be uncomfortable for a few days, but that feeling should subside. You could also have some mild pain. If the pain is unbearable or if any complications develop, call us right away.

How does LASEK differ from LASIK? 

With LASIK, the corneal flap is created and replaced. With LASEK, the top layer of cells is loosened, moved, and reattached after the laser surgery on the cornea. LASEK has fewer complications than LASIK, but you may have dry eyes or hazy vision for a few months.

Am I a good candidate for LASEK?

We’ll review your health history and run tests to help determine if you’re a good candidate for LASEK. For example, we may measure the thickness of your cornea, map your cornea, dilate your pupils, and test your eye pressure. You should also be in generally good health and have no major problems with your eyes.

Ready to learn more about LASEK and discover how it can help you say goodbye to eyeglasses for good? Visit our website to schedule a consultation with Dr. Garrana today.

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