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Flapless LASIK is a term used for any laser vision correction procedure that does not involve the creation of a corneal flap. The flap has been found to be the root cause of most LASIK-related complications, so removing it increases the safety of the procedure and eliminates many risks. This procedure is also commonly known as PRK in Los Angeles.

Benefits

For many Los Angeles patients, flapless LASIK carries a number of appealing benefits, including:

  • Reduced risk of short- and long-term complications
  • Extremely safe and effective way to improve vision
  • Suitable option for patients with thin corneas

With that said, there are some drawbacks. For example, flapless LASIK is associated with a longer recovery period and increased temporary post-operative discomfort when compared to the traditional approach.

Flapless LASIK procedures

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

When this procedure was designed, it was the first alternative to traditional LASIK surgery. It involves using an excimer laser to reshape the cornea, ensuring light can enter the eye properly and project clear images onto the retina. Instead of creating a flap, your surgeon will remove a small portion of the surface epithelium to access and reshape the surface of your cornea. After the procedure, he will apply a bandage contact lens to be worn for about a week as the surface of your eye heals.

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Advanced Surface Treatment (AST)

This procedure is also known as Epi-LASIK. To begin, your surgeon will separate the epithelium from the rest of the cornea using an instrument called an epikeratome. Technically, he is still creating a flap – just a much thinner one when compared to the traditional Los Angeles LASIK approach. He will then reshape the surface of your cornea to improve your vision, before replacing the epithelium and covering your eye with a protective lens that should be worn for about one week as you heal.

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Schedule your consultation today

If you’re interested in flapless LASIK to correct your vision, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our Los Angeles office today.

During your appointment, we will examine your eyes to determine if you’re a candidate for the procedure, before discussing the risks and benefits of all your options to help you determine which one is in your best interest.

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