Epi LASIK Procedures In Modern Ophthalmology
What is epi lasik and what are its differences from a standard procedure? This procedure is also called LASEK, and it involves operating a far smaller part of the cornea tissue than an ordinary procedure (approximately 5-15 percent). The resulting changes in vision quality are the same.
The epilasik procedure is generally applied to people with thinner or atypical cornea. The eye is usually exposed to laser no longer than 45 seconds. The procedure is often performed on one eye at a time (the reasons are given below in the ‘pros and cons’ section). The laser used for surgery is ‘cool’ which means that it doesn’t generate heat.
A soft lense is placed over the patient’s eye for one or two days to let the tissue heal. After it has regenerated to its normal state the protective cover is removed.
Pros and cons
So what are the advantages and disadvantages of epi lasik vs lasik?
Epi lasik may be used in those cases when standard procedure can’t be applied for some reasons (some of them are described above);
It is generally less invasive and doesn’t have a negative impact on the cornea integrity and ‘durability’;
However, recovery after LASEK surgery may take a while longer because of tissue irritation – up to several weeks.
The final decision as to which procedure should be applied in a particular case can be made only after the patient undergoes an extensive examination by a qualified ophthalmologist. It is also worth mentioning that every prospective client is legally entitled to obtain full information on the surgery he will be undergoing. Thus, your doctor will explain every step to you, and make sure you know what you are paying for.