LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis)
A popular laser refractive treatment. Commonly used on patients that are involved in contact activities or patients deemed ill suited to LASIK. The corneal epithelium is scraped off after exposure to a dilute (18%) alcohol solution. An excimer laser then ablates Bowman’s membrane and the stroma to the desired correction. A contact lens is placed on the eye until such time as the epithelium has regenerated. Wound healing typically takes 4-5 days and visual recovery longer. Post-operative visual acuity matches that of LASIK between 2 and 3 weeks post treatment.