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Patients who were previously determined to be less than ideal candidates for LASIK surgery may find the new LASEK procedure is a possibility for vision correction surgery. Laser epithelial keratomileusis, also known as LASEK, is a procedure which is used to treat astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness. Patients who have steep corneas, as well as patients who have thin corneas are typically not ideal candidates for LASIK because the surgeon is unable to cut the corneal flap properly. However, LASEK employs a thinner cutting blade to make the corneal flap; therefore, surgeons can create the necessary flaps in these patients. Other patients, such as those who engage in leisure or career activities which put their eyes at risk, may also be better suited for LASEK because there is less of a potential for the flap to be disturbed after the procedure.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|