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Long Island LASEK vs. LASIK

LASEK Long Island ModelAt TOC Eye®, we’re dedicated to providing our patients with the safest, most innovative, state-of-the-art vision treatments. In line with this credo, the advanced surface ablation procedure we now perform exclusively is laser-assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy surgery (LASEK).

LASEK is a newer variation of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), the original laser vision correction procedure and predecessor to LASIK surgery. All three refractive surgeries (LASEK, LASIK and PRK) reshape the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but there are clear differences distinguishing each. LASIK surgery was a progression from PRK surgery, and LASEK represents the next progression. It is the safest, most advanced laser refractive surgery performed today, and at TOC Eye®, it’s our specialty.

Advantages of LASEK Surgery

At TOC Eye® we decided to perform LASEK exclusively because we believe it to be in the best interest of our patients. A primary advantage of LASEK surgery is the fact that it takes the best elements from LASIK and PRK (the two most common refractive surgeries) to yield the optimal refractive outcome.

Due to the popularity of LASIK surgery, we commonly field requests for the procedure. However, during an initial treatment consultation and discussion of the many advantages of LASEK vs. LASIK, many of those seeking LASIK realize the benefit of LASEK. LASEK advantages include:

  • LASEK is safer
  • Wider range of candidacy
  • Less frequent instances of dry eye (a common LASIK side effect)
  • No flap or cutting complications (night glare, distorted vision)
  • Less corneal tissue is removed (LASIK surgery removes 90 to 140 microns more)

TOC Eye® is the only vision center on Long Island to make LASEK an exclusive priority for its patients. Every other facility still cuts flaps, either with a blade (LASIK) or a laser (IntraLase). Patients who are not candidates for LASIK at these facilities (and elsewhere) are often treated with the older PRK variant. PRK often has a longer recovery period than LASEK. Visit our LASEK FAQs for more information.

LASEK Patient in Long IslandThe LASEK Procedure: What to Expect

LASEK is a safe, quick and effective outpatient procedure. A topical anesthetic is applied to the eye to help minimize patient discomfort (a mild sedative may also be administered pre-treatment). Once the numbing agent takes effect, a small circular indentation is made in the corneal epithelium. Alcohol is then applied for 30 seconds to loosen the epithelium so that it may be detached. The eye is then treated with an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and correct your vision. In total, the procedure takes approximately 15 minutes per eye.

LASEK Aftercare and Recovery

Although LASEK is a simple outpatient procedure, you will be unable to drive yourself home after treatment. You may experience mild-to-moderate discomfort once the numbing agent wears off. This discomfort may last one or two days. A contact lens bandage protects the eye and allows the epithelium to heal. Healing time varies, but you should plan on taking several days or a week off work.

LASEK visual recovery is somewhat slower than LASIK, but this is a small price to pay for a safer refractive procedure with fewer complications. Most LASEK patients achieve 20/20 vision after treatment.

LASEK Discounts and Financing

We offer interest-free financing for LASEK up to 24 months and payment plans up to 60 months. We accept all major credit cards and welcome FSA program participants. Nearsighted or myopic patients (with prescriptions less than -10.00) are guaranteed a lifetime commitment, which means we will perform any additional enhancements needed for distance vision at no charge.

In addition, 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)

Your Vision, Our Promise

At TOC Eye®, we promise to give every one of our patients the safest, most up-to-date refractive surgery experience with LASEK. Call us today at 631-751-2020 or contact us via our web form to schedule a free LASEK consultation, learn more about the benefits of LASEK vs. LASIK and PRK, discuss our services and financing plans, or to inquire about treatment specials and discounts.