Epi-LASIK vs LASIK
Whether using laser, or using a blade, conventional LASIK involves cutting a section of your cornea – slicing it up and placing it aside. This is to allow the excimer laser to reshape the tissue below the cornea flap.
Downsides of Cutting the Cornea
The reason for the cut is to create the cornea flap, which is replaced after the LASIK surgery. This is to allow an immediate WOW effect post-surgery. However, this also creates many possible complications such as Incomplete Flap, Flap Striaes and Folds, Flap Dislodgement post-op, Flap Inflammation and Infection, etc.
In addition, the cornea is also generally weakened after LASIK, i.e. a cornea that has been cut before has a weaker structure than one that never had any cut. This adds another risk called Cornea Ectasia, basically, a cornea thinning complication.
Epi-LASIK – LASIK Without Cutting the Cornea
With Epi-LASIK, only the superficial skin cells, i.e. the epithelium, is removed before an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea.
After reshaping is completed, it takes 4-5 days for the skin cells to grow back. The cornea looks as good as new, as if the surgery was never performed at all.
This makes Epi-LASIK safer and more effective, especially for patients with thin corneas, dry eyes and high myopia.
About ClearVision – Epi-LASIK Specialist
ClearVision was established by Mt. Elizabeth Consultant Opthalmologist, Dr. Tony Ho, in 1993. The eye clinic and LASIK centre specializes in Epi-LASIK surgery and has treated thousands of patients in Singapore.
To enquire further about Epi-LASIK or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tony Ho, please call 6631 8930 or complete the enquiry form below.
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