What Does LASEK Correct?

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Refractive errors are irregularities in the corneal shape that do not allow light to properly focus on the retina (the back of the eye). People with refractive errors typically have to wear glasses or contacts to correct blurry vision. LASEK vision correction actually changes the shape of the cornea by removing microscopic amounts of corneal tissue to create the ideal contour. The result is often 20/20 vision.*

LASEK is used on patients who have:

  • Astigmatism: An oval-shaped cornea, rather than round, so images are scattered on the cornea, making it difficult to focus clearly at any distance. This condition can also be present with nearsightedness and farsightedness.
  • Nearsightedness: A steeply-curved cornea, a long eye, so images are focused in front of the retina, making distant objects appear blurry.
  • Farsightedness: A flattened cornea, a short eye, so images are focused behind the retina, making close-up objects appear blurry.

Monovision LASEK for Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a different vision condition that is not a refractive error. Instead, this is a common condition that develops in most people over age 40 where the eye lenses begin to stiffen and lose flexibility. The result is blurry up-close vision to read menus, Smart Phones and more. Reading glasses can provide clarity, but many people do not want to “show their age” by wearing these glasses.

While traditional LASEK will not correct presbyopia, a technique called monovision LASEK can be performed to correct one eye for close-up vision while the other is left with distance vision.

Not all patients with refractive errors are right for LASEK. The only way to know for sure is by scheduling a free LASEK Consultation with us so we can check your refractive error, corneal thickness, eye health and more to ensure you are a good candidate. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

*No doctor can guarantee 20/20 vision after LASEK.