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Epi-LASIK may be a solution for those who don’t qualify for traditional LASIK

Sight for sore eyes

Suffering under the weight of your glasses? Contacts popping out at all the wrong times? If you're tired of vision correction band-aids and want something more permanent to help you see clearly, refractive surgery is the answer. If you're not a good candidate for standard LASIK, epi-LASIK is an alternative way to permanently correct your vision.

What is Epi-LASIK?
Epi-LASIK is short for Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis. It is a modified form of LASIK often used for people with extra thin corneas, large pupils or dry eyes.

Like all LASIK procedures, it corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It does involve creating a flap as the first step, but it’s a thinner flap than is made in standard LASIK, and it is made with a different instrument.

Step one
The laser eye surgeon uses a precise instrument called an epikeratome to separate the edge of the epithelium (the cornea’s surface layer). A thin flap of this tissue is then folded back out of the way. This exposes the next corneal layer, the stroma, for the laser to work on.

Step two
Using the same excimer laser that is used in LASIK, your eye surgeon sculpts the stromal tissue to modify the cornea’s curvature.

Step three
The epithelial flap is gently folded back into position with a spatula-like instrument and begins healing. No stitches are required.

Is Epi-LASIK right for me?
It is possible that you may not qualify for Epi-LASIK and another type LASIK procedure might give you better results. However, if your laser eye surgeon determines that your corneas are naturally too thin, flat or steep for LASIK, Epi-LASIK could be a good solution for you.

If your professional or leisure activities put you at risk for eye injury or if you are wary of the surgical blade used to create a LASIK flap, Epi-LASIK is an option worth discussing.

Epi-LASIK can be done using Wavefront technology or not, as you choose. A Wavefront diagnosis will give a more precise vision correction, regardless of which type of LASIK procedure you are having.

The first step towards achieving your new clear vision is to schedule a personal consultation with a fully-qualified and experienced surgeon. If you are in the area of Sacramento, California, the eye surgeons at Griffin & Reed Eye Care are safe and reliable professionals whom you can trust.


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