Richard Burns, M.D.
As a highly experienced San Diego LASEK surgeon, Dr. Burns has helped numerous patients achieve their vision correction goals. He treats patients from across Southern California, including Temecula, Hemet, Sun City and Murrieta. Dr. Burns uses some of the latest laser technologies and techniques to provide his LASEK eye surgery patients with the best possible results. Please peruse this page to learn more about LASEK procedure and how it compares to LASIK and PRK.
LASEK procedure has many advantages when compared to LASIK and PRK. In essence, LASEK delivers results similar to LASIK and PRK but without the side effects associated with these procedures. This happens mainly because the LASEK procedure does not involve the creation of the corneal flap. Some of the benefits of LASEK include:
LASEK is appropriate for patients who do not qualify for LASIK due to thin corneas, large pupils, and/or pterygium.
LASEK can be performed on patients with a deep set of narrow eyes.
LASEK surgery eliminates concerns related to the microkeratome used in LASIK surgery.
LASEK is a good option for patients who are afraid to undergo LASIK because the latter involves cutting the corneal surfacev.
Instead of a microkeratome or the IntraLase femtosecond laser used to create a corneal flap during LASIK, LASEK requires a special marker and a 20 percent alcohol solution to fold away a tiny layer of epithelium (the outermost layer of the eye’s surface), allowing access to the underlying tissue.
The next step is very similar to LASIK in that Dr. Burns uses a special excimer laser.
Dr. Burns has to reshape the corneal surface so that it refracts light rays properly.
He completes the LASEK procedure by carefully folding back the epithelial flap. A bandage soft lens is then placed over the treated area to promote smooth healing and rapid visual recovery. The bandage lens also reduces a patient’s discomfort and the risk of postoperative haze.
After Your LASEK Eye Surgery in San Diego