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Epi-LASIK (epipolis laser in situ keratomileusis)

If you have been researching LASIK eye surgery you might have come across something called Epi-LASIK. This is a version of lasik eye surgery more commonly associated with (PRK). Epi-lasik is a recently adopted type of LASIK eye surgery and like LASIK it is performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Epi-LASIK actually combines advantages from both PRK and traditional LASIK into one single procedure. Epi-LASIK is a new procedure and not every ophthalmologist in South Carolina is certified or trained to perform this type of surgery. Please make sure you consult one of our competent staff before determining that this procedure might be good for you.

What happens during Epi-LASIK eye surgery?

Epi-LASIK involves cutting a super thin flap from tissue known as epithelium that covers the very front of the eye's surface or cornea. Epi-LASIK does differ from LASIK primarily based around the type of flap created. The flap cut is so thin that it does not penetrate the actual cornea, whereas LASIK actually penetrates into the cornea. With Epi-LASIK the surgeon uses epithelial separator to separate the sheet from the eye. After the epithelial separator has created this ultra thin flap the flap is lifted and carefully folded back. The next step involves using an excimer laser just like with conventional LASIK. The laser treatment then occurs, thus reshaping the surface of the eye. The epithelial flap is then gently repositioned back on the eye. A contact lens bandage may be required after the surgery to assist with the healing process. After Epi-LASIK, like regular lasik eye surgery a patient typically enters the post-operative period where close attention is needed. Most epi-LASIK patients are not as comfortable in this initial post-operative period as they are with LASIK. Traditional LASIK still offers better initial improvement and a WOW factor! In about 2 weeks the vision after Epi-LASIK is comparable to that of LASIK.

Are there some advantages over traditional LASIK eye surgery?

The most signifcant advantage of Epi-LASIK over traditional LASIK is based on the fact that the actual flap is so thin it does not completely penetrate the cornea. The flap complication rate should therefore be better than that of LASIK, although there is not as much evidence of this because Epi-LASIK is a newer procedure. Epi-LASIK also has a better healing process than artificial flaps made in lasik eye surgery. Epi-LASIK flaps tend to heal much faster than with a traditional PRK procedure. There is a possibility that Epi-LASIK could the best vision correction treatment option for you if you have relatively thin corneas. Patients with thin corneas in the past have been rejected from traditional LASIK. If you know you have thin corneas and have been not a candidate in the past epi-lasik presents a new option. Many laser centers bring patients the most advanced technology and because of this some are also certified to implant the new Visian ICL? also known as the implantable contact lens, or implantable collamer lens. You can find information for this lens which provides excellent vision on this website as well.

Discussion Items: Epi-LASIK, epi-lasik vs. traditional lasik, lasik eye surgery, lasik healing time, PRK surgery, laser vision correction, excimer laser treatments.

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