LASEK in a Nutshell
Why is LASEK non-invasive? Because it’s non-cutting. This means that no cut is made into your eye with a metal blade (as in LASIK) or with another cutting laser (as in IntraLase or i-LASIK). No flap is cut into your eye, so you don’t have to worry about a flap complication. It’s the only non-invasive way to perform laser vision correction–and it was invented by two of Dr. Chynn’s colleagues when he was at Harvard (Drs. Jon Talamo and Juan Carlos Abad, whom he published a paper with).
LASEK is a type of Advanced Surface Ablation (the medical term) which is not PRK (the original way to perform laser vision correction, which was invented by two of Dr. Chynn’s colleagues when he was at Columbia Medical School (Drs. Stephen Trokel and Francis L’Esperance).
LASEK is the most modern way to perform laser vision correction. Because it’s 100% non-cutting and 100% non-invasive, it’s 10x safer than LASIK. With LASEK, none of the feared flap complications that may have kept you from getting LASIK is even possible–because we’re not cutting a flap to begin with!
In LASEK, instead of cutting your cornea in half to gain access, and lasering the back of your cornea, Dr. Chynn merely treats the front surface of your cornea–eliminating the need for the risky cutting step. Fully 90% of all LASIK complications involve the flap, so by not making a flap, we’re eliminating 90% of all possible complications (including the most serious ones).