Epi-LASIK opens the door for patients who may not otherwise be candidates for traditional LASIK.
LASIK has changed the way millions of people see the world. Still, there are many more who do not qualify for improved vision using the traditional LASIK method. For example, many patients with high amounts of myopia (nearsightedness) or with thin corneas are not candidates for LASIK.
Epi-LASIK or advanced surface treatment addresses these concerns. During EPI-LASIK, the cutting of the traditional LASIK "flap" is replaced by a clean separation of the epithelium from the cornea using a specialized plastic tool. The thin sheet of epithelial cells is gently moved aside to allow treatment of the cornea with the usual Excimer laser (i.e., traditional LASIK after the corneal flap has been created and lifted).
As with LASIK, Epi-LASIK continues with the ablation of microscopic pieces of corneal tissue using the Excimer laser to correct refractive errors. The treated cornea is then protected by a special contact lens to facilitate the healing process. After a few days, when re-epithelialization has occurred, the protective contact lens is removed.
Epi-LASIK offers the same opportunity for desirable visual results for patients with high myopia as LASIK has for millions of patients before them. If you were previously not considered to be a candidate for LASIK, call us to see if Epi-LASIK is right for you.
What's the difference between Epi-LASIK and LASEK?
Both of these procedures are surface
Are there any increased risks for Epi-LASIK versus traditional LASIK?