LASEK eye surgery is an alternative laser vision correction procedure for people who are not good candidates for LASIK. It is something of a compromise procedure between LASIK and PRK, with some of the benefits and disadvantages of each, which sometimes makes it the right procedure for people who cannot get LASIK but do not want PRK.

This page is intended to provide you background information about LASEK laser vision correction, but the best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure is with a consultation at our New York City location. Please call 855-328-0201 or email us to schedule your appointment at Kelly Laser Center today.

What Is LASEK?

LASEK is a laser vision correction procedure designed to avoid the limitations created by the LASIK flap, but preserve the outermost layer of the cornea, unlike PRK, which ablates it away. LASEK eye surgery utilizes a flap that is created only in the outermost layer of the cornea, called the epithelium, not the deeper layer of the cornea, called the stroma, where the LASIK flap is created. Because the flap is shallower, it can be an option for people with thin or steep corneas who may not be candidates for LASIK. Otherwise, the procedure is very similar.

Once your vision has been evaluated with WaveScan or another diagnostic vision tool, your vision correction procedure is planned. Then the outline of the flap is created. The flap is then loosened with alcohol, which separates the epithelium from the stroma. The flap is pulled aside, and the cornea is reshaped with the cool excimer laser, which takes just a few seconds. Then the flap is replaced and smoothed to ensure the best possible vision.

After LASEK, you will wear an eye bandage for a few days. After a couple weeks, you should see your LASEK results.

Advantages and Disadvantages of LASEK

The main advantages of LASEK eye surgery are:

  • An option for patients who are not LASIK candidates
  • LASEK may have a lower risk of dry eyes complications
  • Generally less discomfort and shorter recovery time than PRK

The disadvantages of LASEK are:

  • May have more discomfort than LASIK
  • May have longer recovery time than LASIK
  • May require longer use of eye drops than LASIK
  • Requires the use of a contact lens bandage

Otherwise, the risks and complications of LASEK are similar to LASIK eye surgery.

To learn more about New York LASEK and whether it may be the right procedure for you, please contact Kelly Laser Center today to schedule a consultation at our New York City office.