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What is LASEK?
LASEK Procedure

The LASEK Procedure: How It Works

LASEK uses no blades or knives; it is an all-laser technique. LASEK is a much gentler procedure than LASIK. LASEK corrects visions by reshaping the cornea, which is the front of the eye. The laser removes a very small amount of tissue, often less than 1/20th the diameter of a human hair. This is done with extreme precision, resulting in reforming the eye to see clearer. The laser is invisible, so the patient cannot even see the laser while the procedure is being done. There is absolutely no pain or discomfort during the procedure either.



Most patients choose to go to work or school right after the procedure is done. Others take the day off to go home or rest. There are no physical restrictions following LASEK except patients cannot go swimming for four days. You may feel eye irritation during the first day or two. The time it takes to recover vision is often a little longer, from four to seven days. By the time the first eye is healed and seeing well, the second eye is ready to be done. This can vary from one person to the next. Clearly, LASEK is a much safer procedure than LASIK and gives equally good, if not better, results in visual acuity. Our surgeons have helped to perfect the procedure and have taught the procedure to physicians from all over the world.

The procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at the world famous Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and are done with the latest computer-assisted laser technology available.


Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Eye Surgery

Can I be a candidate for laser refractive surgery?

Which Laser Procedure will be best for me?

Can both eyes be done the same day?

How much time will I need to take off work or school?

Why do I need to stop wearing contact lenses before surgery?

Does laser surgery hurt?

When can I swim and play sports after laser eye surgery?

Can I wear makeup after surgery?

Is Laser Surgery Permanent?

Is LASEK covered under my employer’s health benefit plan?

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