Mark D. Weingarten, M.D.
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If you wear glasses or contacts, you've probably dreamed of what it would be like not to need them. Advances with excimer lasers in the field of refractive surgery can make your dream come true. Excimer laser surgery is extremely accurate and computer programmed to your prescription. With PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK (laser assisted situ keratomileusis), most cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can be corrected and reduce your dependency on corrective lenses.
PRK reshapes the human cornea by applying laser energy to its front surface. LASIK involves treatment of the central cornea underneath a hinged flap of corneal tissue. LASIK offers the precision of the excimer laser delivery system, along with providing a faster visual recovery. Most of our Rochester Hills & Detroit LASIK patients notice improvement in their vision as early as the following day following LASIK surgery. You will be treated with eye drops for about one week after your laser treatment. Find out if you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery and utilize our free LASIK Screening at our Rochester, MI office.
LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) is a variation of PRK and LASIK. It is used mostly for people with corneas that are too thin for LASIK. In LASEK, the epithelium, or outer layer of the cornea, is removed using a diluted alcohol solution. An excimer laser is then used to sculpt the corneal tissue underneath. Following the procedure, the epithelium is placed back over the eye. A bandaged contact lens is then placed into the eye and is worn for about five days or until the epithelium has healed. Detroit/Rochester LASEK patients who undergo this procedure generally experience increased eye irritation and longer recovery time compared to LASIK. However, the long-term results are similar to that of PRK and LASIK patients.