LASEK Eye Surgery

LASEK, (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis) is a type of eye surgery that uses a laser to correct common eye problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. The computer-guided laser us used to change the shape of the cornea, which is the clear covering at the front of the eye. The cornea helps bend and focus light rays. When the cornea is not shaped properly, light won’t focus properly.

With LASEK surgery tiny layers of the cornea are removed, reshaping the cornea and improving your vision. The procedure is painless and only takes a few minutes for each eye. Patients usually go home within an hour.

Considering LASEK?

The LASEK procedure is not for everyone. You may not be eligible for this procedure if you:

  • Have an eye disease or severe vision problem
  • Do not have stable vision (your vision prescription changes often)
  • Have a disease or condition that slows healing or increases the risk of infection
  • Take certain medications
  • Are nursing or pregnant

The LASEK Procedure

First, eye drops are used to numb your eye. A small device is used to gently hold your eyelids open and a liquid is used to soften the epithelium.

A thin layer of the epithelium is moved aside and the laser is then positioned over the eye. The laser reshapes the cornea using short, rapid pulses making a clicking sound. The epithelium is replaced and a soft bandage is put on the eye to help protect the cornea.

Some risks and complications include dry eyes, infection, blurry vision, decreased vision, “halos” or “starbursts” in your vision as well as a possible need for follow-up surgery.

LASEK Recovery

Your eyes may water, burn or itch for the first few days. Your vision may also seem worse at first. This should improve in about five days and become stable within six months. Things to do to help promote healing:

  • Protect your eye from injury – don’t scratch, rub or touch the eye.
  • Use eye drops as directed.
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors and stop use of eye makeup or lotions.
  • Follow your doctor’s advise about driving, swimming and other activities.
  • See your doctor for follow-up visits.