Commonly Asked Questions about LASEK
Q. What is LASEK?
A. LASEK is an FDA-approved laser refractive surgery for the treatment of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
Q. What Does LASEK Stand For?
A. Laser-assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy
Q. What’s the Difference Between LASEK and LASIK?
A. LASIK requires a corneal flap (either with a microkeratome blade or laser) and therefore has an increased risk of complications. Alternatively, LASEK accesses the stromal layer by separating the ultra-thin epithelial layer from on top. People who are not candidates for LASIK because they have thin corneas may be treated with LASEK.
Q. Is LASEK Better than LASIK?
A. We believe that LASEK is the safest and most advanced surface ablation procedure on the market, which is why we perform it exclusively at our centers. Although the results are on par with those associated with LASIK and PRK, LASEK is a more advanced laser surgery with fewer risks of complication and wider candidacy allowances.
Q. Am I a Candidate for LASEK Surgery?
A. If you are tired of being dependent on glasses or contact lenses, have thin corneas, suffer from dry eye syndrome, have certain corneal diseases and/or have had a previous eye surgery (such as PRK), you may be a candidate for LASEK.
Call TOC Eye® today at 631-751-2020 or contact us via our web form to schedule a free LASEK consultation.
Q. Should I Discontinue Use of Contact Lenses Before LASEK?
A. Yes. Depending on the specific type of contacts you wear, you will be asked to discontinue use before measurements are taken for your surgery. This could range from several days to several weeks.
During your LASEK consultation we will discuss all pretreatment details and answer any questions you may have about the procedure and your recovery.
Q. How Long Does the LASEK Procedure Take to Perform?
A. Approximately 5 minutes per eye.
Q. What Risks are Associated with LASEK?
A. LASEK is an incredibly safe and effective procedure, but like any medical procedure, there are certain risks. LASEK side effects may include blurred vision, halos and glare, infection/irritation and undercorrection/overcorrection.
Q. Can I Drive Myself Home After LASEK?
A. No. Even though LASEK is a quick and safe outpatient procedure, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after treatment.
Q. How Long Does it Take to Recover from LASEK Surgery?
A. Mild-to-moderate discomfort immediately after treatment should subside within one or two days. Plan on taking a week off work to allow yourself ample time to heal. Everyone heals differently, but total visual recovery from LASEK surgery could take several weeks or months.
Q. What Sort of Results Can be Achieved with LASEK?
A. Most people achieve 20/20 vision after LASEK. Almost everyone achieves 20/40 or better.
Q. Do You Offer Any LASEK Discounts or Special Offers?
A. Special discounts are offered to the following:
- Davis Vision Members
- Professional Courtesy (MDs, PAs and RNs)
- Active Duty Military
- Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs
- Ambassador Program Referrals (those referred by someone who has had laser vision correction in our center)
Q. Do You Offer Financing Plans?
A. We work with CareCredit to provide our patients with several convenient financing plans. We offer 24-month interest-free financing and payment plans up to 60 months (with interest).
To read more about this procedure, check out our comprehensive article comparing LASEK with LASIK.