LASIK surgery, which stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a popular surgery used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. Epi-LASIK surgery is a now the newest form of refractive surgery. The Epi-LASIK surgery is a great alternative to the traditional LASIK eye surgery which has enabled thousands of patients to go without their glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK surgery brings with it a whole list of advantages for people dealing with vision problems, the main ones being:
● LASIK surgery has a 96% success rate
● The pain caused is minimal
● Vision is corrected nearly immediately or by the day after the LASIK surgery
● No bandages or stitches are required
● Most patients do not have to depend on eyeglasses or contact lenses post the LASIK surgery
Before starting with the EPI- LASIK Surgery, your surgeon puts anaesthetic eye drops to ensure a painless procedure. The procedure takes between one to two hours, after which you’ll be able to return home immediately. Once the eyes are number with the help of anaesthesia, the surgeon uses a plastic blade, known as an epi-keratome or epithelial separator, and gently slides it over the surface of the cornea gently to separate the epithelial layer (which is the outermost layer of the eye). Later, with the help of a mild suction, hinged portion of epithelium is created which is then lifted out of the way exposing the underlying tissue. Now the surgeon uses a laser is used to remove targeted corneal cells. The surgeon starts with the delicate reshaping of the cornea which would then correct the patient’s vision. The epithelial sheet is repositioned over the eye where it sticks on its own and no stitches or sutures are required. A special contact lens is then placed on the eye keeping the flap in place while it heals.
The recovery time with Epi-LASIK surgery is a little longer than with LASIK. As a patient, you would have to take certain measures to avoid exertion caused to eyesight. You may have to take at least a week off from work and other daily routines.
As with all surgical procedures, Epi-LASIK surgery carries with it some risks, which are although rare, but are observed sometimes:
● Under- or over correction
● Flap complications
● Glare, halos, and starbursts
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