Epi-LASIK is a refractive Lasik Eye Surgery technique designed to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses and contact lenses. The technique is basically an automatic LASEK without alcohol.
Epi-LASIK is considered a better option for some patients who will probably not do very well with LASIK. These include people who have thin corneas, with not enough tissue for a good LASIK flap.
A device similar to a microkeratome (called epi-keratome) slides over the surface of the cornea, just underneath the epithelial layer of cells while suction is applied.
The this kind of Lasik Eye Surgery results is a hinged sheet of epithelium that is at least partially viable, which is reflected out of the way so that the ablation can take place.
The sheet is repositioned and a bandage soft contact lens is placed on the eye.
Have a look at the 5-step process below and the LASIK FAQ for more information.
Precision Laser Surgery
|Step 1You will be placed onto a comfortable bed from where your laser surgery will be done. Anaesthetic drops will be instilled to numb your eye. A special ring will be placed into your eye to keep your eyelids apart.|
|Step 2Your surgeon will create a corneal flap on the surface of your cornea.|
|Step 3The ‘hinged’ corneal flap is carefully pulled back and a small area of your cornea is exposed.|
|Step 4The Excimer laser beam is applied to reshape the exposed corneal area, removing certain parts of the tissue with high precision. This corrects your refractive error.|
|Step 5The corneal flap is then pushed back into place. The flap forms a natural ‘bandage’ and enhances the healing process after surgery.|
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