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What is Surface Laser Ablation Treatment?

Surface Laser Ablation (also known as LASEK) is another corneal reshaping procedure that can be done for patients who want to see without glasses but are not candidates for LASIK. LASEK utilizes the same laser but instead of making a flap of tissue before reshaping the eye, they just reshape the surface of the eye. This is known to be the safest of all laser vision correction procedures and the results are indistinguishable from LASIK. The main difference is that the recovery is a bit slower than it is with LASIK. During this recovery time, patients may feel discomfort, pain, or blurriness before the bandage contact lens is removed.

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