The Epi-LASIK procedure uses a unique microkeratome to mechanically separate the epithelium (top thin layer of the corneal surface) to make a flap. Unlike LASIK, no sharp blades or cutting are required.
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Advantages over LASIK:
- Decreased risk of flap complications (incomplete flap, irregular flap, abrasions)
- Decreased risk of surgical complications post-operative (flap striae, DLK)
- Decreased incidence of post-op dry eye syndrome. The corneal nerves are not severed.
- Better in treating thin corneas. Approximately 35% less tissue is removed.
Advantages over PRK:
- Quicker healing time (less down time than PRK)
- Decreased post operative pain and discomfort
- More rapid visual recovery
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