Epi-LASIK is a surface based lasik surgery procedure. By employing the surface based procedure, correcting your vision will only involve the sculpting the front surface of your cornea with excimer laser. This helps to protect the structural integrity of the cornea and prevent a devastating complication called Cornea Ectasia.
Epi-LASIK surgery vs Standard LASIK surgery
Epi-LASIK is performed on the surface of the cornea. First, the surface epithelium cells are lifted off, followed by laser sculpting of the cornea to correct the vision. The surface epithelium takes three days to regenerate.
LASIK or Intralase LASIK is performed by first cutting a cornea flap with either a blade or laser. The flap is lifted and laser is applied on the cornea beneath to correct vision. After which, the flap is repositioned.
Epi-LASIK does not cut a cornea flap.
Unlike the Microkeratome LASIK or the Intralase LASIK, Epi-LASIK does not require the creation of a cornea flap. Examples of cornea flap related complications that Epi-LASIK avoids are:
- Cornea Flap Wrinkles
- Cornea Flap Dislodgement
- Improper Creation of Cornea Flap
- Inflammation / Infection of the Cornea Flap
Epi-LASIK is suitable for the active Sportsperson.
Your eyes will be safe, even if you participate in vigorous or contact sports about two after surgery. Unlike LASIK, you need not fear cornea flap wrinkles; you need not fear cornea flap dislodgements; you need not have any fear.
Epi-LASIK is less likely to cause dry eyes.
By cutting a cornea flap, LASIK also cuts cornea nerves and cause dry eyes. If you do not have a dry eye problem, we suggest that you should not create one. Your cornea will not be cut during Epi-LASIK.
Epi-LASIK may be a second chance for patients with thin cornea.
If you have thin cornea, you may already have been rejected for the LASIK procedure. Epi-LASIK may be your second chance to regain your vision. A big portion of our patients do not have thin cornea, but have already chosen Epi-LASIK. We believe you should too.
Epi-LASIK may be a better choice for patients with high myopia.
If you have high myopia, much more of your cornea will be used for laser sculpting. With Epi-LASIK, there is no need to create a cornea flap. Therefore, laser sculpting can begin right at the surface of the cornea, leaving the cornea with more cornea tissue after surgery.
Epi-LASIK may just be the Ultimate Safe LASIK.
Clearvision Clinic & LASIK Centre, we advise our patients on all the advantageous and disadvantageous of various Laser Eye Procedures. We believe you should too be advised on choosing a procedure with the most number of advantages relating to the safety and well-being of your eyes – The Clearvision Epi-LASIK procedure.