EyeWorld, the news magazine of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, recently has reported on a clinical study involving 130 eyes comparing LASIK to Epi-LASIK.
This article can be found at http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2692.
Epi-LASIK is a laser vision correction surgery that uses a separator to push the surface epithelium layer aside to prepare the cornea for laser treatment. A bandage contact lens is placed after surgery and removed after three or four days in most cases. Epi-LASIK is a no flap surface treatment. LASIK involves cutting a flap with a device called a microkeratome. The flap is lifted in order to treat the underlying tissue with the laser and then the flap is replaced. More information about these and other laser vision correction surgeries are available at Wesrerand in Dr. Anderson Penno’s latest book “Laser Vision Correction: what you need to know” which is available on kindle and www.amazon.com.
Many refractive surgeons are turning to surface no-flap treatments like Epi-LASIK as a safer and effective method of laser vision correction. In this report the final results were reported to be superior to LASIK, however vision recovery does take longer. Many surgeons and patients feel that the longer recovery is a worthwhile investment of time in return for added safety and excellent visual results. Most people will be able to resume usual activities including driving within 3 to 5 days, but will need to be patient with their visual recovery as the vision continues to be sharpening up over weeks to months. In the EyeWorld report the final visual results appear to be superior to LASIK.
For more information or to book your complimentary laser vision correction assessment with Dr. Anderson Penno, contact Western Laser Eye Associates today.