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Ansborough Office
999 Home Plaza
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
Ph (319) 236-0815
Fax (319) 234-0847
 
 
Sartori Office
Sartori Professional Bldg.
516 S. Division Street
Suite 120
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Ph (319) 266-0345
Fax (319) 268-1327
 
 
 
 
 

LASEK (Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratomileusis) is a relatively new procedure that combines the benefits of LASIK and PRK. LASEK is a refractive surgery technique developed by Italian doctor, Massimo Camellin, MD and first publicized in 1999. The motivation behind LASEK was to find a surface ablation technique like PRK that induced less discomfort, offers a lower incidence of corneal haze, and provides the patient with faster vision recovery

 

Patients generally have had marvelous results with LASEK eye surgery. The benefits of LASEK eye surgery include a laser eye surgery option to patients who are not good candidates for LASIK.

 

This type of laser vision correction does not require any corneal incision at all. A mild alcohol solution is placed on the corneal to loosen the top layer of tissue. Only the most superficial layer of the cornea is gently brushed aside. This thin flap is then replaced after the laser reshaping is complete. Less tissue is removed than with traditional Lasik. Patients with thin corneas, or patients who have had previous vision correction such as RK, can possibly now have laser vision correction safely performed. Healing may be faster than with traditional PRK.

To treat nearsightedness, the cornea is made flatter by removing tissue from the center of the cornea.

To treat farsightedness, the flat cornea is made steeper by removing peripheral tissue in a ring shape on the outer edges of the cornea. This steepens the central visual part of the cornea.

To treat astigmatism, the cornea is made less oval shaped. Astigmatism means that the eye has an oval or football shape. The laser reduces the oval shape making the focusing ability clear in all directions. Astigmatism can be treated at the same time as nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Patients generally have had marvelous results with LASEK eye surgery. The benefits of LASEK eye surgery include a laser eye surgery option for patients who ay not be good candidates for LASIK.

 
 
 
Ansborough Office: 999 Home Plaza, Suite 100, Waterloo, IA 50701 Phone: (319) 236-0815 Fax: (319) 234-0847
Sartori Office: Sartori Professional Building 516 S. Division St., Suite 120, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Phone: (319) 266-0345 Fax: (319) 268-1327

The EyeCare Associates proudly serves Waterloo and Cedar Falls, IA and surrounding areas.

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