What to Expect in a LASEK Eye Surgery
LASEK is a type of laser eye surgery that is a variation of the PRK method. Like other laser surgery, LASEK is a procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It combines certain procedures from PRK and LASIK.
LASIK is the most popular among the laser eye operations. However, there are some people who do not qualify for the LASIK procedure. In scenarios as these, surgeons opt for either the PRK or the LASEK.
How to prepare and what to expect in a LASEK Eye Surgery
Before the operation, the surgeon will have to perform standard initial eye examination. This is to determine if you are really suitable for LASEK eye surgery. Your medical records will be thoroughly evaluated as well to ascertain that you do not have any eye diseases that may cause complication.
Most of the surgeons recommend LASEK to their patients if they are not suitable for LASIK eye surgery.
During the operation, the surgeon places droplets of numbing water to your eye so you will not experience discomfort. The surgeon then makes a cut in the epithelium of the cornea suing the trephine, a fine blade. The trephine leaves a portion of the flap uncut so that it acts a hinge and is still attached to the eye.
Afterwards, the surgeon places a diluted alcohol solution on your eye for about 30 seconds. The alcohol smoothens the rough edges of the flap and the surgeon will push the flap to the side. The excimer laser then does its job of reshaping the stroma of the cornea to correct the patient’s vision. When the treatment is done, the flap is repositioned.
When completed, a special contact lens is placed on your eye which acts as a bandage.
The LASEK eye surgery takes at most 15 minutes per eye. In the entire operation, the patient is awake and should not be feeling any pain.
After the surgery, the surgeon will urge you to rest for a couple of minutes before heading home. The special contact lens that acts as a bandage will have stay on your eyes for at least four days while the epithelial cells are healing. The surgeon will also prescribe some medications for you to take.
The recovery from a LASEK eye surgery is generally slower than that of the LASIK and the PRK.