Sep 04

Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery – What You Need To Know

Epi-LASIK is an eye surgery designed to reduce an individual’s dependency on eyeglasses and contact lenses. This technique was invented by Dr. Loannis Pallikaris, and attempts to fuse together the benefits and desirable features of other refractive surgery techniques, such as LASEK, LASIK, and PRK. This technique is believed to have lesser risks compared to LASIK and offers a more improved postoperative recovery like that of PRK. Because of this, Epi-LASIK performed at clear lasik surgery centre is labeled as “an innovative procedure of corneal surface ablation” to correct hypermetropia, astigmatism, and myopia.


Epi-LASIK and Conventional LASIK

Epi-LASIK is different from conventional LASIK. While LASIK requires cutting of a flap in a person’s cornea with the use of laser or microkeratome to expose the cornea’s middle layer or stroma, epi-LASIK that can be done at clear lasik surgery centre in Singapore only entails the creation of a very thin corneal epithelium flap. The flap is gently detached from the corneal layer without abrasion needed – quite similar to LASEK procedure. However, as opposed to LASEK, the procedure does not use alcohol solution to remove the epithelium surface.

Furthermore, the latest refractive technique holds more advantages over conventional LASIK in terms of avoiding potential flap complications. With Epi-LASIK, there are lower risks of flap dislocation, epithelial in-growth, folds in flap, etc. Lastly, the innovative procedure allows a more rapid recovery like what LASEK and PRK offer.


Appropriate Patients

Epi-LASIK is best for Singapore patients with thin corneas and who are not qualified as candidates for conventional method. Epi-LASIK done in clear lasik surgery centre as one of the pioneers can also be a good choice for Singapore people who are 18 years old and above, no signs of cataracts or glaucoma, had previous eye surgery, involved in contact sports (e.g. sky diving, boxing), and have a job that may involve eye injury. For physically active people, this is the most suitable refractive surgery technique, as there are lower risks of complications if you wish to continue having an active lifestyle.

During the Procedure

The procedure starts by creating an epithelial flap, which is then gently lifted and folded out of the way.  The laser then reshapes the cornea to correct any visual irregularities. After which, the epithelial flap is replaced to its original position, and a special contact lens is placed over the flap to serve as bandage of the eye. The soft contact lens must be worn for a few days after the Epi-LASIK surgery to aid the healing process and minimize discomfort.


After the Procedure

Usually, on the third day after the surgery, re-epithelialization has occurred. Therefore, the doctor may already allow the patient to remove the special lenses.

The patient’s vision may not be immediately perfect but significant changes to his or her sight may already be noticed. Many Singapore individuals who have undergone the procedure have reached 20/40 or even 20/20 after three days. However, some took longer – about three to six month – before they attained complete results.

After Epi-LASIK, it’s very important to do what the surgeon has exactly instructed, because the vision’s result after healing is greatly affected by how well a person’s corneas heal. Using of eye drops and taking other medications are highly important, as well as not missing any follow-up appointments.

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