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Sometimes referred to as epithelial LASIK, epi-LASEK, or E-LASIK, LASEK was developed primarily for patients with corneas that are thin or irregularly shaped. LASEK is generally considered a better and safer choice for patients with dry eyes or an active lifestyle, but can be used for anyone considering laser vision correction.

In LASEK, surgeons do not create a corneal flap such as in LASIK. Instead, the very thin, outer layer of corneal tissue, called the epithelium, is lifted up and pushed to the side of the cornea. Next, the laser is then applied to the eye to sculpt the cornea. The thin epithelial flap is then carefully put back in place. A clear bandage contact lens is then placed on the eye for comfort and to allow the epithelial layer to heal quickly. This contact lens is worn 24 hours a day for about 4 to 7 days before it is removed.

LASEK eliminates flap complications! Epithelial cells are the fastest reproducing cells in the human body. If there is any problem with the creation of the very thin epithelial flap the tissue can fully re-heal. LASEK also preserves the structural integrity of the cornea because the tissue treated, or removed, is closer to the surface of the cornea. In LASIK, the tissue is treated much deeper in the cornea. Also, by eliminating the cutting of a corneal flap, the corneal nerves that run through the cornea are not severed. This helps maintain the eyes communication with the tear gland to reduce the risk of dryness. These are just a few of the reasons that your doctor may recommend LASEK.

LASEK patients usually experience a little more discomfort after the procedure and the visual recovery is slower than LASIK. Most patients who have LASEK will report a mild to moderate amount of ocular discomfort that consists of stinging and burning for 1 to 2 days. They will usually have vision that is good enough to drive in 3-7 days, but it may take weeks to reach the final outcome.
The LASEK procedure is performed in the following steps:

The advantages of LASEK over PRK are diminished pain, a shorter recovery, and a lower risk of infection.

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