How Does LASEK Work?

  • July 8, 2019

LASEK is a popular form of laser vision correction surgery that can correct a range of vision issues with a goal of reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.

LASEK improves vision by reshaping the cornea. Your cornea is the clear front surface of your eye. Many vision imperfections, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, occur because the shape of the cornea does not allow light to properly focus on the back of the eye. LASEK utilizes laser technology to precisely reshape the cornea to allow light to enter the eye at the proper angle for improved vision. 

During the LASEK procedure a flap of corneal tissue is created. This flap is then peeled back so that the laser can reshape the corneal tissue underneath. Once the reshaping is complete, the corneal flap is replaced. The cornea will naturally hold the flap in place so no stitches are required.

Some benefits of LASEK include:

  • LASEK can reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses and contact lenses
  • LASEK is highly successful for most patients
  • LASEK surgery is a quick, outpatient procedure with minimal recovery time
  • LASEK may result in long-term savings when accounting for the potential of lifetime savings on contacts and glasses

Although LASEK has helped millions of people improve their vision and reduce their need for glasses or contacts, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. You must be at least 18 years old, have healthy eyes and a stable prescription that is within the range that LASEK can correct. It’s also important to consider the risks and rewards and make sure you have realistic expectations.

During a LASEK consultation at BoozmanHof, Dr. Cole will take the time to educate you on your options and create a personalized treatment plan to ensure that your custom LASEK procedure fits your vision needs and meets your personal expectations.

Are you ready to experience the freedom that LASEK can provide? Learn more about LASEK surgery in Rogers by calling 800-428-3937 or visiting to schedule a LASEK consultation today.