Now, I know more about the Epi LASIK procedure than I did a year ago. The idea to learn more about this kind of medical procedure came to me after a lot of my friends who have been wearing contacts for years started considering eye surgery. The thought of having clear vision without the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses was just so appealing to them. It inspired me to come up with this little guide that aims to provide knowledge about the procedure for those who are contemplating it.
Let’s focus on the Epi-LASIK eye surgery technique. What makes it different from the LASIK procedure? When should one consider it over LASIK? What does the actual procedure entail? What should you expect in terms of Epi LASIK recovery?
Epi-LASIK can be regarded as sort of a superficial form of the regular LASIK procedure. It is superficial because instead of a corneal flap, the eye surgeon will create an epithelial flap. This procedure is preferred over LASIK in certain conditions such as in patients with a thin cornea (because it could be difficult to create a corneal flap) and in patients with dry eye syndrome.
Instead of a corneal flap created using a microkeratome, an epithelial flap made during Epi-LASIK surgery is made using a special instrument called an epi-keratome. A laser is used to sculpt the cornea and the epithelial flap is put back in place. A soft contact lens will be placed on the eye after the procedure and will be removed after a few days when the epithelium has regenerated. There may be more discomfort felt after undergoing an Epi-LASIK procedure and the effect of the surgery may not be appreciated immediately. It may take a few days before you are able to see the difference in your vision.
If you have other questions about the LASIK and the Epi-LASIK procedures, do visit a LASIK surgery clinic near you and get an eye examination done as well.
This video is about the Epilasik surgery to help you in understanding of the process.