Dr. Paul Casey
Henderson / Las Vegas LASEK Specialist
Schedule before March 31, 2013
Dr. Paul Casey is a highly experienced Las Vegas and Henderson LASEK surgeon. Over the course of his career, he has helped numerous patients from throughout the state of Nevada eliminate or significantly reduce their dependence on glasses by providing them with LASEK eye surgery in Las Vegas. Dr. Casey treats each patient with the utmost respect and compassion ─ an approach that has helped him earn a reputation as a leading Las Vegas LASEK surgeon.
LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) is a
relatively new type of corrective laser eye surgery. It employs an
alcohol solution to loosen the very outer layer (epithelium) of the
cornea. Once the laser correction has been performed, this epithelial
flap is replaced as a sort of natural bandage. LASEK is a good
alternative for those patients who are not candidates for LASIK surgery due to thin corneas.
Reasons to consider LASEK:
Wish to reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts for those with myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism.
The epithelial layer is kept, reducing healing time and pain compared to PRK
An alternative for patients with thin corneas who are not candidates for LASIK.
Reduces the chances of post-operative corneal haze, compared to PRK.
Patients experience dry-eye less often after LASEK than compared to LASIK.
For the LASEK procedure, first the doctor creates an
epithelial flap. Alcohol is used for about 30 seconds to loosen the
epithelial cells. Then the epithelium is lifted, with the help of a
trephine blade, and folded aside, to allow access to the inner layers
of the cornea. At this point, the excimer laser ablates (burns off)
the carefully mapped tissue, just as in LASIK and PRK. After the laser
correction is complete, the doctor replaces the epithelial flap, and
applies a bandage contact lens to aid in healing.
The epithelial layer fully heals in about a day,
though usually the patient must wear the bandage contact lens for about
four days. Patients may experience mild discomfort, irritation or pain
for the first couple of days after the procedure. The doctor will
schedule several check-up appointments to monitor the healing process,
followed by periodic visits over the next several months. During the
recovery process, the patient should rest and refrain from any
strenuous activities for at least a week. Most patients can return to
work in a few days, though it is best to take off whatever time needed
to ensure a smooth recovery.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation!
Dr. Casey is an experienced, dedicated LASIK Las Vegas surgeon. In addition to LASIK, he also specializes in the leading-edge LASEK procedure and is renowned as a highly skilled Las Vegas PRK specialist. Dr. Casey also has multiple years’ experience helping cataracts patients restore clear vision through cataract surgery. During this procedure, he removes patients’ clouded lenses and replaces them with sophisticated IOLs, such as ReStor, Crystalens, Toric or Tecnis. Other treatments offered by Dr. Casey include glaucoma therapy, amblyopia treatment and near vision CK procedures for the correction of presbyopia.
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