Not sure if LASIK or PRK is the laser vision correction option for you? Then LASEK may be your perfect solution. Laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) is a modern form of laser vision correction that utilizes the principles used in both LASIK and PRK to correct vision errors.
LASEK may be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism for unbelievable vision results. With LASEK, patients experience the benefit of improved vision with a slightly different technique than LASIK or PRK. During the LASEK procedure, a flap is created using a unique method. A fine blade called a trephine is used to make a pre-incision in the top layer of the cornea, and then a mild alcohol solution is applied to loosen the cells on the epithelium. Once the outer layer is gently lifted and folded, the laser light is targeted to reshape the cornea. The flap is replaced and a soft contact lens is temporarily placed to promote healing. There is a faster recovery time than PRK (but slower than with LASIK) with less discomfort during healing. Vision stability occurs in just a few days, a bit quicker than with PRK, but again a tad slower than with LASIK. All and all, LASEK is an effective means of vision improvement that falls somewhere between PRK and LASIK in terms of optimum comfort. Great visual results can be achieved with all three procedures.
Patients who choose LASEK or PRK are often candidates with higher degrees of myopia, larger pupils, or thin corneas.
Read more about LASEK in our FAQ section. Find out if LASEK is your best vision correction option. Visit the experienced eye care professionals at Berg·Feinfield Vision Correction in Los Angeles for your complimentary personalized vision consultation.