Laser Vision Correction
In recent years, laser vision correction has become an increasingly popular method for treating eye and vision errors.
South East Eye is proud to be one of the region’s leading laser vision correction providers. We use only the most advanced technology available to deliver the best corrective outcomes possible. This technology allows us to customize every procedure to fit the needs of each individual’s unique set of eyes.
South East Eye performs LASEK surgery, a form of laser vision correction that is similar to (but distinct from) LASIK.
What is LASEK?
LASEK, or Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis, is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses by correcting imperfections on the cornea. These imperfections are called refractive errors.
LASEK can correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
What is the difference between LASEK and LASIK?
Although LASIK is the most well-known form of vision correction, there are multiple other surgeries than can reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts as well.
Like LASIK, LASEK involves using a laser to reshape your cornea; however, LASEK targets the outer layer of the cornea, whereas LASIK targets an inner layer. This slightly different approach means that people who are not LASIK candidates may make excellent LASEK candidates.
Both forms of laser vision correction result in clearer vision and a reduced dependence on glasses or contacts.
What happens during LASEK surgery?
First, the surgeon separates the corneal epithelium from the underlying stomal layer. The surgeon then moves an ultra-thin “flap” of epithelium off to one side and use a laser to reshape the tissue underneath. The computer within the laser is pre-programmed to each patient’s unique correction, allowing doctors to have precise accuracy in correcting the refractive error.
Once the procedure is completed, the tissue is moved back into place. A bandage contact lens is then placed on the eye to ensure proper healing.
What happens after LASEK?
Patients will need about a week of recovery time before they can return to work or drive a car. They will also receive medicated eyedrops and important aftercare instructions – for instance, patients are not allowed to swim for at least two weeks after surgery.
Most people report mild to moderate discomfort for several days after the procedure.
Is LASEK safe?
The FDA has approved LASEK as a safe and effective procedure. It is important, however, to remember that LASEK is not the right choice for everybody. Some people are not appropriate candidates, and if treated could have less than optimal results. It is important that you receive a thorough pre-operative evaluation to determine if LASEK is right for you.
How long does it take to perform LASEK surgery?
The actual procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. Depending on your prescription and the amount of correction needed, the laser itself only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your vision. However, you should plan on being in the office for approximately an hour-and-a-half on your day of surgery.
Are all patients who wear glasses and contacts candidates for LASEK?
Most patients who wear glasses are good candidates for LASEK. Patients with virtually every degree of nearsightedness are enjoying good outcomes with LASEK. We are able to treat mild to moderate degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. For more extreme nearsightedness and farsightedness, lens implants may be an option.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for laser vision correction?
We recommend you come in for a free consultation to discuss your particular situation and help determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. At South East Eye, our goal is to provide you with the vision procedure that is right for you!