LASEK in Baltimore, Maryland

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Many people confuse LASIK and LASEK procedures and with such similar names, it is easy to see why. While they are both forms of corrective refractive eye surgeries and both reshape the cornea permanently, there are some significant differences between them. The main difference is in the way that the underlying cornea is accessed for the laser vision correction to take place. In LASIK, a flap is cut into the outer layer of the cornea, known as the epithelium. The flap is then opened, and the laser is applied to the cornea beneath. At the end of the treatment, the flap is replaced and left to heal. With LASEK, the entire epithelium is loosened, moved and reattached. This is not to be confused with PRK laser vision correction, where the epithelium is removed and discarded and must be regrown from scratch.

LASEK is often recommended for patients who are found to be unsuitable candidates for LASIK procedures. This widens the scope of possibilities for people who might otherwise not be able to experience the benefits associated with laser vision correction.

What are the benefits of LASEK laser eye surgery?

There are a variety of different benefits associated with choosing LASEK vision correction surgery. These include the following:

  • An excellent result that is comparable to those achieved using LASIK.

  • Suitable for patients who have thin corneas and are therefore not recommended for LASIK since flap creation is both difficult and risky.

  • Suitable for patients with large pupils, who are also considered to be unsuitable for LASIK.

  • Elimination of the risk of complications associated with flap closure and healing. This includes particles becoming trapped under the flap, failure to heal correctly and the formation of scar tissue.

  • Studies have found that patients who opt for LASEK have a reduced risk of developing dry eye syndrome – a common side effect of other types of laser vision correction.

  • The corneal tissue isn’t weakened by the procedure. This makes it a safer and more suitable choice of laser vision correction for patients who work or participate in recreational activities that increase their risk of trauma to the eye. This includes contact sports, ball sports, woodworking, welding, gardening and other forms of manual labor.

  • LASEK can be performed more than once should the need arise, for example, if the patient develops presbyopia – age-related vision degeneration.

  • Shorter healing time and less discomfort during the recovery than is experienced in PRK laser vision correction.

  • A minimally-invasive treatment that is performed in the comfort of our offices.

  • A short, straightforward procedure that can be completed in under an hour from start to finish.

  • Fantastic vision than can reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of LASEK, please get in touch with our expert team who will be delighted to assist you.