Epi-LASIK is the newest laser eye surgery procedure that was invented to solve some of the potential issues with LASIK and LASEK. It is kind of a cross between the two, but also differs in a few little areas.
- LASIK entails cutting a flap in the cornea with a sharp blade or a laser, with LASIK also comes the risk of cutting the flap too densely.
- LASEK implicate cutting the cornea’s outer stratum, the epithelium, in a thin sheet that preserves its hinge on the eye.
- This is done in Epi-LASIK too, but the surgeon uses a plastic oscillating blade instead of LASEK’s fortunate blade.
Instead of the alcohol that is used in LASEK to loose the epithelial layer, in Epi-LASIK the surgeon uses a plastic blade, named an epithelial separator, that is used to separate the sheet from the eye. This obviates the minimum possibility of a reaction from alcohol, which can kill the epithelial cells.
Because it is verry difficult to elaborate the epithelial flap in people with soaked corneas, the operation is more adequate for people with less steep corneas – persons who have low myopia.
After the epithelial flap is made, then it’s lifted and softly folded out of the way. An excimer laser is also used, as in LASIK, to sculpt the underlying corneal tissue. After this the epithelial flap is placed back on the eye with somekind of spatula, a special one.
A particular contact lens are placed on the eye to keep the flap in the right place while it re-epithelializes.
After Epi-LASIK procedure, after the re-epithelialization has occurred the the contact lenses will be removed by your doctor.
Don’t panic if the your vision laser is not so perfect right away it is perfect normal and with some little patience in several days your vision will improve.
Like every “do after” procedure you must listen and do as your doctors says what’s the best thing for you to do.
Also, don’t neglect to use the eye drops or any other medications you are prescribed, and try not to miss any follow-up appointments with your surgeron-doctor.
Who Can Have Epi-LASIK
This procedure it’s not for everyone, but many surgeons who perform this kind of operation like Epi-LASIK consider it a better option for some patients who will maybe not do very well with LASIK. These includes people who have maybe thin corneas, with not enough tissue for a good LASIK operation.
If you decided to have a Epi-LASIK procedure, you will likely experience some kind of discomfort after the operation is done. This is usually manageable with over-the-counter drugs. The discomfort after the Epi-LASIK procedure is reportedly a little less than that experienced after a LASEK one.