Is the Epi-LASIK Method Right for Me?
LASIK is a well-known laser vision-correction treatment. It involves the use of lasers to correct vision problems like short-sightedness and long-sightedness.
The Epi-LASIK Method
Epi-LASIK is a laser vision refractive surgery treatment that is similar to LASIK. It is used to rectify sight disorders and can help a person reduce their dependency on glasses and contact lenses. This is a technique that was invented by Dr. Ioannis Pallikaris as an alternative to LASIK and LASEK.
LASEK is a surgical procedure that uses alcohol on the eyes to loosen the epithelial cells to make surgery easy and effective. However, the problem with alcohol is that it can make healing time much longer.
Epi-LASIK offers many benefits compared to LASIK and LASEK. This is the reason why it is considered to be an excellent alternative to these two common procedures.
How Is Epi-LASIK Beneficial?
Epi-LASIK is considered beneficial for a variety of reasons. These include the following:
• It is best suited for those with a thin cornea, which often makes people ineligible for LASIK. Such patients can now benefit from vision correction thanks to Epi-LASIK.
• LASIK and LASEK are believed to make the cornea weaker. Epi-LASIK can help in keeping the cornea strong. This is especially true for those with a thin cornea.
• Flap-related complications are a problem when it comes to LASEK and LASIK. Epi-LASIK is beneficial and safe and avoids flap complications.
• Epi-LASIK is relatively less painful.
• Epi-LASIK heals faster compared to other procedures. Since this procedure takes the epithelium off using a machine, it results in quick healing.
• Performing this procedure is easier and creates less stress for the surgeon carrying out the procedure.
• Patients prefer this treatment, as it is considered much safer than others.
• Since the procedure doesn’t denervate the cornea, it avoids the problem of a dry eye after surgery.
• Recovery can happen within a couple of days, making it a patient-friendly procedure.
How Is Epi-LASIK Carried Out?
In Epi-LASIK, Dr. Patel separates the flap from the cornea using a special instrument called an epithelial separator. It doesn’t use a sharp blade, thus minimizing risk.
Because the flap created is thin, Dr. Patel places a soft contact lens over the flap like a bandage. This increases comfort for the patient and helps new epithelial cells grow faster, thereby leading to quicker healing times.
Once the surgery is complete, the flap is folded back and the corneal layer is shaped using an excimer laser.
What Happens After the Procedure?
While most patients experience immediate results, others may take a few months. It may be possible to start driving within a week after surgery.
The quick healing is what makes this procedure so popular. Follow-up visits will be needed for Dr. Patel to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment.
Is Epi-LASIK Right for You?
The answer to this question lies in whether you have a thin cornea and prefer a procedure with quick healing. If so, then Epi-LASIK may be the best option for your vision correction.
If your blurry vision is getting in the way of your quality of life, contact our office and schedule a consultation. Dr. Patel will be available to answer any concerns or questions.