LASEK (Laser Assisted Sub-epithelial Keratomileusis) is a corneal refractive surgery that has improved upon the weak points of PRK and LASIK surgery. Using special equipment, LASEK only peels off approximately 50 micrometers of the corneal epithelial layer before beginning laser ablation. LASEK has made it possible for patients who are poor candidates for LASIK (due to small eyes, thin cornea) to achieve clear vision.
The surgical area is marked and a 20% alcohol solution is applied to the corneal epithelium.
The alcohol loosens a layer of epithelium which is then easily removed.
A laser reshapes the cornea curvature by ablation.
A protective lens is applied to the reshaped cornea.
Are you concerned about the pain of LASEK?
Here are possible solutions to reduce the pain of LASEK!!
Normally, LASEK surgery involves some pain for 3~4 days and a slower recovery time than LASIK. Some patients avoid choosing LASEK for these reasons
DREAM EYE CENTER performs PAIN-FREE LASEK for all of our LASEK cases.
1. Advanced cool laser beam.
It minimizes the increase of cornea temperature on the ablated surface.
2. Corneal cooling treatment.
Similar to a cold pack, It helps to minimize pain.
3. High quality of therapeutic lens.
The lens is used to cover the ablated corneal surface for 3~4 days following surgery. Our lenses allowed increased oxygen transmission for a rapid recovery.
The lens also blocks 96% of UV rays.
Less pain than traditional LASEK.
Faster vision improvement than traditional LASEK.
Long-term stability & rapid regeneration of the corneal epithelia
Patients with thin corneas (LASIK requires corneal thickness greater than 500㎛).
Patients who enjoy hard contact sports for hobbies or jobs (boxing, soccer etc).
Patients with small eyes or strangely shaped corneas.
Long-term contact lens users.
Patients with high myopia/hyperopia who are not suitable for LASIK.
Safer surgery procedure than LASEK!!
The risks of making the corneal flap in LASEK are avoided. This may be important to some patients for whom there is an increased risk in making the flap, or for patients who prefer a non-flap treatment. This technique may also be required for some occupations.
LASEK preserves more corneal tissue, since laser treatment is done on the surface. In particular, people who have thinner corneas may be treated more safely than with LASIK.
LASEK may be an option for patients who are not good candidates for Lasik or Micro LASIK.
Use 2 kinds of eye drops: antibiotic and anti-inflammatory as doctors prescribe.
You should use anti-inflammatory drops for 5~6 months.
Use an eye shield while sleeping for 1 week.
Face washing and bathing
Do not wash your face for 3 days. Washing your face must be done with care for 2 days after protective lens removal. Strong jets of water can disturb the eyes and soapy water may get into the eyes, causing patients to rub their eyes. You may visit a public bath, sauna, or steam bath 4 weeks after the procedure.
Do not wear make-up for at least 3 days post surgery. Do not wear eye make-up for 10 days post surgery. You may perm or dye your hair after one month.
You should drive carefully for the first several days.
Do not participate in sports involving physical contact (e.g., soccer, basketball, etc.) for at least 1 month. You may do general exercise (jogging or weight-lifting) after 7 days. You may swim after 1 month. It is advisable to wear swimming goggles while swimming. Sometimes dry eyes feel worse after swimming. Patients must take care to not bump their eyes for at least 1 month.
Try not to rub or blink your eyes roughly for the first week following surgery. Don’t continuous read or watch TV, because you can feel eye fatigue faster than before the operation. Reading books or watching TV for 50 mins or less is possible. And then, It should be followed by 10 minutes of rest by closing one’s eyes or focusing on objects at 6 meter distances. It’s advisable to avoid alcohol for 1 week and to avoid intoxication for 1 month. Avoid gardening or going to places with a lot of dust for the first week following surgery. Smoking is possible, but your eyes may be sensitive to smoke.