Custom LASEK

What is LASEK?

LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) is a laser refractive procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASEK is a surface ablation procedure similar to PRK. It involves removing the outer layer of the cornea (the epithelium) with an alcohol solution before re-sculpting the cornea with the excimer laser. Custom laser treatment is available with LASEK (see custom link). After the laser application, the surgeon places a soft bandage contact lens on the eye to allow the epithelium to heal over the operated area.

After the Procedure

After LASEK, patients may feel some discomfort and experience slightly blurred vision for approximately 4 days as the epithelium heals. Patients are instructed to use steroid eye drops over several weeks, requiring frequent follow-ups with their eye doctor. Shortly after the bandage contact lens is removed normal activities can be resumed, although it can take a several weeks for optimal vision to stabilize.

LASEK offers benefits similar to PRK and is the surface ablation procedure of choice for most of our patients.