Laser for Cataracts

man1.jpgFor patients with thin or steep corneas who need vision correction surgery, we can perform LASEK, or Laser-Assisted Subepithelial Keratomileusis. LASEK is similar to LASIK surgery as far as the techniques used, but the difference is LASEK uses a finer blade to make the corneal flap, and an alcohol solution is put into the eye.

LASEK is an outpatient surgical procedure. Using topical anesthetic drops, we will numb your eye. The doctor will use a trephine, which is a very small circular blade – a much finer blade than a microkeratome used in LASIK – to cut a corneal flap. This flap is also larger than the flap cut during LASIK, and therefore more of the cornea is exposed. An alcohol solution is then washed into the eye, which loosens the flap, making it easier to pull back. The doctor will use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and correct the vision. Once the treatment is finished, the corneal flap is put back into place, and a protective contact lens may be worn for a few days during recovery.

LASEK is a great treatment option for patients who need more extensive vision correction. Since more of the cornea is exposed during LASEK than LASIK, the recovery may take a little longer.