Some patients from Fort Lauderdale are not candidates for LASIK, typically because they have a thin cornea, mild corneal scars, or other corneal problems. About two years ago, LASEK (Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy) was described. In this procedure, also known as E-LASIK or thin-flap LASIK, the corneal epithelium, or skin of the eye, is treated with alcohol for about 30 seconds to detach it from the underlying tissue. It is then lifted and rolled back. Pulses from, the computer-controlled, cool light of the excimer laser then reshape the cornea, just as in LASIK. The corneal epithelium is replaced after the laser portion of the surgery.
Advantages of LASEK include:
- It conserves corneal tissue, because a thick corneal flap is not made, as in LASIK.
- It may also be more appropriate for patients who engage in activities that put their eyes at increased risk for injury.
Disadvantage of LASEK include:
- Patients must use topical steroid drops for a minimum of several weeks after their procedure.
- Postoperatively, patients are not quite as comfortable as LASIK patients. A bandage contact lens is worn during the first 3 to 7 days after surgery to minimize this discomfort. Vision is somewhat blurry for the first 4 to 7 days after surgery. However, after 1 to 12 weeks, vision with LASEK is as good as with LASIK.
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