LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis)
Refractive Surgery is an alternative to the traditional methods of vision correction. Currently glasses or contacts can be worn, though have drawbacks of their own. Contacts may cause allergic reactions, infections and permanent damage to the cornea. The risk of infection is actually much greater with contacts than with the LASIK procedure.
Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism can be corrected with LASIK. The surgeon creates a protective flap to access the inner corneal tissue. The inner layers of your cornea receive computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light. The laser makes a clicking sound as it gently reshapes the inner corneal layer to improve and in many cases, eliminate your prescription. The surgeon then carefully re-positions and aligns the flap to its original position.
Blade-Free, all-laser LASIK has become the method of choice for all those who seek the best vision correction available, but do not like the idea of a blade cutting into their eyes. Utilizing the latest technological advancements in laser technology such as the Ziemer FEMTO LDV system. The Laser Vision Care Center offers our patients the Blade-Free experience that provides an unprecedented level of safety, precision and comfort, in an effort to obtain the highest quality of post operative vision possible.
This tremendous level of control and customization makes our Blade-Free LASIK experience safer, speeds visual recovery, makes our patients more comfortable, and contributes to better and more predictable visual outcomes.
LASEK (Laser Assisted in-situ Epithelial Keratomileusis)
LASEK is a laser refractive procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASEK is a great option for patients previously turned down for LASIK because of thin or unusually shaped corneas. It is also an option for patients who are uncomfortable with the microkeratome or flap in general.
During this procedure, the surgeon removes the top layer of the cornea as a flap-like (or epithelial) sheet before re-sculpting the cornea with the excimer laser. The surgeon then replaces the flap-like sheet on the surface of the eye and inserts a soft contact lens for a few days following the surgery.
What is the difference between LASIK and LASEK?
In the LASIK procedure, the surgeon uses an instrument called a microkeratome to create a protective flap of tissue. LASEK also involves the creation of a protective epithelial flap, but without the microkeratome.
Instead, the surgeon loosens the tissue with a medical solution, carefully moving it to the side for the laser step of the procedure. After the laser procedure, the LASEK surgeon may reposition the tissue or place a contact lens on the surface of the cornea and then the healing begins.