Many people around the world who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism use Epi-LASIK eye surgery as a long lasting solution to restore diminishing vision. it helps people to have an even more beautiful, shiny face by getting rid of all kinds of glasses and it’s side effects on face. It is very similar to LASIK and LASEK , but here the flap created on the cornea is thinner than a LASIK flap. This can be an advantage for patients with thinner-than-normal corneas. unlike LASEK, an alcohol solution typically is not applied to the eye in epi-LASIK to loosen epithelial cells from the underlying corneal stroma. Some doctors find this reason good enough to prefer epi-LASIK over LASEK ,since alcohol is toxic to epithelial cells and can increase healing time after the procedure.
LASEK involves an alcohol solution producing epithelial detachment on the cornea; the solution is rinsed off, the epithelium flap is removed, and then laser ablation is performed to reshape the cornea. In traditional LASIK, that flap is removed with a very small, sharp knife, and in some newer procedures, the flap is removed with a second set of lasers. Although LASEK was first pioneered in 1996, and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shortly after that, epi-LASIK has largely replaced the procedure because there is no alcohol solution involved, reducing the risk of damage from the solution and shortening the recovery time after surgery.
Your vision probably will not be perfect immediately: In three days many patients do have 20/40 or even 20/20 vision, but others take longer — possibly three or six months — to reach their final result. Usually you can drive within a week after surgery.
These recovery times are significantly longer than with LASIK, which usually allows people to achieve good vision from the same day up to a few weeks later and to drive by the day after surgery.
As with any laser eye surgery, after Epi-LASIK it is very important to follow your surgeon's instructions exactly, because the quality of the final vision you achieve is affected by how well your corneas heal. Don't neglect to use the eye drops or other medications your doctor prescribes, and don't miss any follow-up appointments.
the steps of the procedure include:
There are certain major factors to consider when deciding between epi-LASIK and epi-LASEK.
These should be discussed with your doctor prior to any surgical procedure. Since both epi-LASIK and epi-LASEK make permanent changes to the structure of the cornea, it is important to be very informed.
Typically, LASIK surgery costs on average of about $2,000 per eye depending on specific measurements and considerations. Epi-LASIK may cost slightly more, as it is a more delicate procedure requiring more precision and training on the part of the surgeon. Since an epi-LASEK procedure includes components of both LASEK and epi-LASIK, it may carry a slightly more elevated cost as well.
In general, corrective laser eye surgery is not covered by insurance since it is usually considered to be an elective procedure. That being said, there are many options for financing laser eye surgery, including payment plans and specialized credit cards or loans. When you factor in the cost of prescription eyeglasses or contacts over time, laser eye surgery can actually save you money in the long run.
Epi-LASIK and epi-LASEK cannot decrease the risk for presbyopia, age-related farsightedness. Your vision can still change with aging, and you may require reading glasses at some point.
Although relatively uncommon, the following are some of the more frequently reported complications of Epi-LASIK :