A. The state-of-the-art LASIK procedure allows patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism a chance at clear, natural vision by combining the techniques used in PRK and LASIK. With LASEK, there is less risk of dry eye than with LASIK and the risk of corneal flap complications is eliminated.

Q. What are the disadvantages of LASEK?

A. LASEK typically includes a slightly longer healing period than LASIK, and vision results are not immediate. Patients may wait a week or more to recover clear vision. Also, there is a bit more discomfort associated with LASEK than the LASIK procedure, however it lasts only an average of around 2-3 days. LASEK patients are required to wear a bandage contact lens for a few days following the procedure to protect the treated eye. Despite the minor disadvantages, LASEK is a procedure that is gaining popularity and a great alternative to non-LASIK candidates who are not completely comfortable with PRK.

Q. What side effects are possible with LASEK?

A. LASEK candidates should be aware that there are potential side effects, as with any eye procedure. Side effects may include foreign object sensation, dry eyes, hazy vision, or reduced vision in low light. Risk of complication includes infection, corneal scarring, post-operative haze, blurred vision, and others. Dr. Berg will go over the risks and benefits during your personal consultation.

Q. What restrictions will I face following LASEK surgery?

A. Your doctor will give you a timetable for when you can return to certain activities and resume sports or hobbies. It is vitally important to the integrity of your vision that you follow post-operative instructions carefully. You will need to be extra careful while the protective contact lens remains in your eye, usually only a few days. Try not to rub your eye or touch it in any way. You will need to take 5 – 7 days off work, or as recommended by your doctor. You should not drive until your vision is fully clear; this can vary by patient but is usually around a week. Patients are asked to refrain from swimming or hot tubing for a month, and may be restricted from contact sports for the same time period. Female patients are usually asked to not use eye makeup for about 2 weeks.

Q. Am I a good LASEK candidate?

A. Although there are certain general guidelines based on your refractive error and health history, there is no way to know if LASEK can help you without a thorough eye examination. Traditionally, LASEK has proven to be a better alternative for patients with extremely steep or thin, patients who engage in hard contact sports or activities, and patients who have moderate to severe dry eye syndrome. Schedule a free evaluation to find out if this procedure is right for you.

Q. How is my vision progress monitored?

A. Following your procedure, you will be asked to return the next day for a post-op check up. Your doctor will also want to see you again one week after, and three months after your LASEK procedure.

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