Understanding LASEK Laser Eye Surgery
LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis)
laser eye surgery takes the most beneficial elements of two other types of laser eye surgery and combines them into one very effective surgical procedure. These other two laser eye surgeries are LASIK and PRK.
Unlike the Lasik procedure which involves using a sharp blade to slice off the top of the Cornea, LASEK uses a solution consisting of diluted alcohol to loosen a thin layer from the epithelium so that it can be moved off to the side.
Benefits of LASEK laser eye surgery
One benefit of this is that it eliminates the risks associated with the corneal flap.
With LASIK surgery, a very sharp blade called a microkeratome is used to cut the corneal flap.
There have been cases in which the flap was cut too deeply or cut off completely instead of leaving it attached with a hinge, both of which are capable of causing any number of serious Vision Problems.
Healing is faster because there is no cutting and because the epithelial flap can be used somewhat as a natural bandage after the procedure is finished.
And unlike PRK, the chances of developing a glare after the operation are greatly diminished when using LASEK.
Risks associated with Laser Eye Surgery are greatly diminished mainly due to the fact that no sharp device is being used to cut the Cornea.
There is some pain but it is minimal and is most often treated with over the counter medicines.
Also, it is not possible to guarantee any type of vision results and glare, halos and Dry Eyes are potential side effects.
The LASEK procedure
Prior to the a patient must provide the Laser Eye Surgeon with a complete medical history.
The Eyesight Test and other diagnostic procedures are undertaken to ensure the patient is a good candidate for laser eye surgery.
On the day of the procedure, the eye is cleaned and prepped and an eye drop to numb the eye is administered.
A special tool will hold the eyelids in place, preventing them from blinking.
The diluted alcohol solution is applied, the epithelium loosens, and it is gently pushed out of the way.
The pre-calculated beams of ultra violet light are then pulsed onto the cornea and in just a minute or so, the procedure is complete.
Most patients will have Blurred Vision at first and won't be able to drive home from the procedure.
Most need a day or two to rest. Vision will vary over the ensuing months.
For best results, always use an eye surgeon who has experience with the laser eye surgery procedure.
Never be afraid to ask a surgeon you're considering for the names and contact information of previous patients.
If you get a list of contacts, be sure to call and ask about their experiences.
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