LASEK – Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis
What is LASEK?
LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) is an alternative to LASIK available in Indianapolis at Price Vision Group. This technique is essentially a newer version of the PRK vision correction procedure, in which the vision correction actually happens on the outer surface of the eye, as compared to the inner level of the cornea, as with LASIK.
How is LASEK different from PRK or LASIK?
In LASIK, your surgeon first creates a flap of tissue in the outer part of the cornea, which is lifted out of the way. Then, the vision correction treatment with the excimer laser is applied to the cornea beneath the flap. The flap is then placed back and acts as a natural bandage, healing very quickly.
With PRK, the vision correction treatment is actually applied to the outer surface of the cornea, in the area where a LASIK flap would normally be made. In this procedure, the outer surface ‘skin’ of the eye, called the epithelium, is scrubbed off using an alcohol solution. This layer eventually grows back after treatment, but takes longer to heal.
The LASEK procedure corrects your vision on the outer surface of the eye like PRK. However, instead of completely removing the epithelium, LASEK uses a diluted alcohol solution to create what is essentially an epithelial flap. This epithelial flap is moved aside for treatment, and then returned to its original position to act as a natural healing bandage.
Advantages of LASEK
Since the epithelial layer isn’t completely removed as with PRK, LASEK promotes faster overall healing times.
There are reduced incidences of the postoperative haze more commonly associated with the regenerative healing process of PRK.
Since there is no corneal flap created as with LASIK, there is a reduced risk of any flap complications – the most common side effect of traditional LASIK.
LASEK can be a great alternative for patients who aren’t good LASIK candidates due to thin or irregular corneas.
Are You a Good LASEK Candidate?
LASEK might be your vision correction solution if:
- You want to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts
- You are at least 18 years old
- Your prescription hasn’t changed in at least one year
- You have no other health issues affecting your eyesight
- You have wide pupils
- You have corneas too thin for LASIK
LASEK is just one of a number of vision correction solutions that could leave you free of glasses or contacts completely. At Price Vision Group, we customize each vision correction treatment to your unique eyesight, eye health and expectations.
After performing a thorough eye exam, we will sit down and review your case with you, and determine:
- If you are a candidate for a vision correction procedure, and
- If LASEK or an alternative vision correction approach is best suited for you.
Whatever the recommendation ends up to be, you will be given additional information about the procedure that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed. Our goal is to make sure that you are completely informed and can make an educated decision on the future of your vision.
Find out which vision correction procedure is best suited for you by scheduling an exam with us today!