Our LASEK Difference: Technology & Experience
LASEK is an effective surgical treatment to reshape your cornea by removing just the right amount of tissue so light rays can focus more precisely on your retina. LASEK is a modification of the LASIK procedure which involves making a corneal flap to access the underlying corneal tissue. It was developed to reduce the chance of complications that occur when the flap is created during LASIK. LASEK is a substantial improvement over past procedures in that it is performed without a flap, with no cutting on the eye and with the advanced technology of the VISX® Star S4® IR excimer laser.
Dr. Randall E. Cole has performed over 35,000 refractive/cataract procedures.
World-Class LASEK Technology
At BoozmanHof we use the VISX® STAR S4 IR® excimer laser system for refractive surgery. This system has the highest range of FDA approval for refractive error vision correction. In fact, the VISX Star S4 IR excimer laser has been deemed the “gold standard” in excimer laser technology, preferred by 2/3 of U.S. refractive eye surgeons.
The VISX STAR S4 IR excimer laser incorporates numerous advanced features to make the surgical process precise, quick and comfortable: an active eye-tracking system, variable beam technology, faster chair with greater alignment flexibility and a facial alignment laser projector.
We also feature Wavefront technology, which allows our surgeons to perform customized LASEK using information gathered from your unique corneal and refractive patterns. This allows for a truly individualized procedure.
When you come in for a free LASEK Consultation, we can explain fully how each of these features relates to the procedure’s safety, comfort and results.
Steps in LASEK
- Identifying you as a LASEK candidate: This may be the most important step. If your vision characteristics and health do not meet the requirements for LASEK, you will not have a successful outcome. Dr. Cole rejects approximately 10% of patients for LASEK due to thin corneas or extreme refractive errors.
- Creating the Wavefront map: 3D measurements are taken of your eye to allow for personalized treatment so more precise corneal reshaping can be done. This is not the “one-size-fits-all” LASEK of the past.
- Removing the top corneal layer: During LASEK the epithelium (or outer layer of the cornea) is removed using a gentle brush that loosens the epithelial cells.
- Reshaping the corneal tissue: This is where the advanced VISX® STAR S4 IR® excimer laser is used to re-shape the underlying corneal tissue to correct corneal irregularities. More of the corneal surface is exposed for treatment than with LASIK, making LASEK/ASA a safer choice for patients who require greater vision correction.
- Recovery: A contact lens is inserted after the procedure, protecting the epithelium as it regenerates for 3-5 days following surgery. The contact lens is then removed after the epithelial growth is complete. The contact lens, also called the bandage contact lens, protects the patient from discomfort as well as protects the growth of the new epithelial cells.
The entire LASEK procedure takes only 15-30 minutes per eye and patients are often ready to leave our Ambulatory Surgery center within an hour or two of arrival. Patients may experience sensitivity following the procedure, but this will subside shortly after the healing process is complete. Discomfort during the healing process is mild.
On average, the healing process is 5-7 days total. Antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed to use following the surgery, along with other over-the-counter medications such as Vitamin C, flax seed oil and ibuprofen. Pain medication is prescribed as needed.
By choosing an experienced surgeon like Dr. Cole who is using advanced LASEK technologies, you can reduce your chance of LASEK complications. Find out if you are a good candidate for LASEK in Arkansas by scheduling a free LASEK Consultation today.