LASEK

LASEK FAQs

Advanced Eye & Laser Center of California, Inc. is proud to offer patients the technologically advanced vision correction procedure called LASEK, or Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy. Similar to the PRK procedure, LASEK uses laser light to reshape the cornea for patients with low to high levels of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. While some patients may make perfect candidates for LASIK vision correction, LASEK may be better suited to others depending on their unique vision characteristics and corneal abnormalities.

Here’s what happens during the LASEK procedure:

  • Dr. Huynh loosens the outer layer of the cornea (epithelium), but, unlike PRK, leaves the epithelium attached. Unlike LASIK but like PRK, LASEK is considered a corneal surface treatment.
  • The epithelium is moved gently to allow access to the cornea for precise reshaping. A cool laser light is targeted at the corneal surface and programmed to shape the cornea for optimal vision.
  • The corneal flap is replaced and a soft contact lens is inserted to protect the delicate area during the healing process.

On the spectrum of vision correction procedures, LASEK may be considered to be somewhere between PRK and LASIK, integrating elements of both. LASEK patients will see results faster than with PRK, but slower than with LASIK. Also, LASEK patients can expect a bit more discomfort following LASEK than with LASIK, but less than can be expected following PRK.

Your choice of vision correction will depend on a number of factors and should be made under the guidance of our experienced San Diego vision enhancement team. While LASEK offers unique advantages over the other two procedures, there may also be certain disadvantages that will affect some patients more than others. Patients who choose LASEK may prefer the fact that it is not necessary to remove the epithelium, as in PRK. The only way to find out which procedure will give you the best vision results is to visit us for a personalized vision evaluation.

Choose your vision correction procedure today! Read The Difference Between LASIK, PRK, and LASEK.

Regardless of the vision correction procedure you choose, the most important factor is the vision correction center you choose to trust your vision to. Advanced Eye & Laser Center of California, Inc. is not only a vision enhancement center, but a comprehensive eye care facility that can treat all your eye care needs. Dr. Huynh also tests and treats cataracts, presbyopia, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Patients experiencing vision impairment due to sagging skin around the eyes can also be treated with functional blepharoplasty at our San Diego center.

Dr. Huynh and his skilled vision enhancement team have helped thousands of California residents improve their vision through Custom LASIK, LASEK, and PRK. Call or email Advanced Eye & Laser Center of California, Inc. today to learn more about our state-of-the-art procedures and how we can help improve your view. Schedule your free vision consultation today!