LASEK requires no blade. In this procedure, removal of the surface epithelium leaves behind the corneal stroma, which we precisely reshape in a customized way.
Because of the bladeless technique, LASEK essentially eliminates all potential blade related complications and the cornea is laser reshaped to give superior visual quality and contrast sensitivity.
Less of the corneal anatomy is compromised.
Finally, because the maximum amount of untouched cornea is preserved, long term risks from trauma and the chance of corneal weakening are dramatically reduced.
Corneal health is preserved.
Akal Eye hospital, is amongst the few centres who are doing this procedure and have delivered extremely good results.
It is a newer refractive procedure, done with the bladeless technique. In this, a layer of epithelium is removed and excimer laser is used, as in LASIK, to sculpt the underlying corneal tissue. A special contact lens is placed on the eye to allow for the epithelium to grows back.The contact lens is removed after one week.
By about the third day after surgery, re-epithelialisation has occurred. Your vision probably will not be perfect immediately.In three days, many patients do have 6/9 to 6/6 vision, but others take a few more days to reach their final result. Usually you can drive within a week after surgery.
The recovery time is a little longer than with LASIK, which usually allows people to achieve good vision from the same day and to drive by the day after surgery.
As with any other eye surgery, after LASEK it is very important to follow your surgeon’s instructions exactly and comply with the eye drops routine because the quality of the final vision you achieve is affected by how well your cornea heals.
It’s not for everyone, but it is considered as a better option than LASIK for some patients. These include people who have thin corneas, with insufficient tissue for a good LASIK flap. Also, it is a good choice for the anxious patients, who are interested in a bladeless procedure.
LASEK also may be safer than LASIK for people who have professions or hobbies that increase the chance of being hit in the eye (such as soldiers, police officers, boxers and other contact sports) because there’s no risk of the flap being dislodged.
If you have LASEK, you will likely experience some discomfort after the procedure. This is usually manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.
Both Epi-LASIK and LASEK are not easily detectable by routine eye examination and are ideal procedures for candidates going for job recruitments in armed forces or other such professions.