LASIK EYE SURGERY, LASEK, PRK
Dr. Teed is an experienced eye surgeon specializing in LASEK vision correction surgery. He has performed thousands of vision correction procedures originally, starting with LASIK and PRK years ago. About a decade ago, Dr. Teed switched from LASIK to LASEK to provide his patients with better results and fewer complications. The older LASIK procedure creates a flap in the cornea that becomes a space for possible infections and inflammatory reactions. This increased risk for infection and inflammation occurs with both the traditional LASIK, performed using a surgical blade as well as the so-called “bladeless” LASIK. The complication rate from a LASIK corneal flap can be as high as 4%. There is no corneal flap in LASEK procedures so flap infections and inflammation are eliminated.
In a LASEK procedure, the outer layer of the eye, called the epithelium, is loosened with a diluted alcohol solution and temporarily laid back. Dr. Teed then corrects vision by treating the exposed corneal surface with a laser. Dr. Teed finishes the procedure by returning the epithelium to its original position covering the cornea. The patient then goes home with a protective soft contact lens on the eye, which provides comfort and aids in the healing process. The improved LASEK procedure, just like the older PRK and LASIK, is performed in Dr. Teed’s office on an outpatient basis.
A LASEK procedure also offers many long-term benefits over LASIK. While most patients are aware of the advantages of using LASEK on thin corneas and large pupils, they are not aware that it also decreases post-operative “dry eye” symptoms common with LASIK. LASEK is also easier than LASIK to enhance or “touch up” after the initial laser procedure.
Benefits of Owning a Visx Star S4 Excimer Laser
Many ophthalmology practices rent their lasers for use. Unfortunately, this often results in frequent transportation of the equipment. Because of the fine-tuned specifications and tolerances of the interior laser components, laser equipment components are at risk during transport.
Another benefit of Dr. Teed owning his own laser is the ability to provide fair pricing for Lasek surgery. Practices that rent lasers often have to pay a large amount of money in rental fees which forces them to have significantly higher prices. Arkansas Eye Surgery prides itself on providing fair pricing to all customers. Owning the Visx Star S4 Excimer Laser makes this possible.
WILL THIS WORK FOR YOU?
Potential LASEK candidates must be evaluated by Dr. Teed based on a number of factors. The best way to determine if LASEK is right for you is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Teed by calling Arkansas Eye Surgery at 870-246-7000 or 1-800-264-EYES (3937). To see your best, see the best!