Lamellar Keratectomy (LK)

Click here to schedule an appointment with Fellowship Trained Corneal Specialist, Dr. Brian Foster or call toll-free 1-866-865-2020.

A healthy cornea is important for good vision. When there is scarring or corneal disease, it can cause one not to see well. Fortunately, there are advanced corneal surgeries such as Lamellar Keratectomy, DSAEK and DALK that are available at The Eye Associates.

There are several common conditions that affect the most superficial layer of corneal cells, the epithelium. These conditions include recurrent corneal erosion (RCE), band keratopathy, Salzmann’s nodular degeneration and epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD). These conditions can interfere with vision and even cause significant pain and gritty sensation, due to a rough and irregular ocular surface.

If ocular lubricants fail to improve the pain or vision, a procedure known as Lamellar Keratectomy or LK can be beneficial. After the eye is anesthetized with drops or ointment, Dr. Foster selectively removes the diseased epithelium. A soft contact lens is placed that minimizes discomfort after the procedure. This remains in place until it is removed by Dr. Foster. In a few days, a stronger, healthier cell layer will replace that which was removed. Some scratchiness and irritation is normal for a few days after the procedure until the surface has healed.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Fellowship Trained Corneal Specialist, Dr. Brian Foster or call toll-free 1-866-865-2020.