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Ansborough Office
999 Home Plaza
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
Ph (319) 236-0815
Fax (319) 234-0847
 
 
Sartori Office
Sartori Professional Bldg.
516 S. Division Street
Suite 120
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Ph (319) 266-0345
Fax (319) 268-1327
 
 
 
 
 


Epi-LASIK, (Epithelial Laser In Situ Keratomileusis) is an advanced type of corneal surface ablation to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Like the other Laser Eye Surgery surface ablation procedures such as PRK and LASEK, it attempts to merge the desirable features of LASIK, PRK and LASEK.

In this procedure, a specially designed microkeratome like instrument is used to create a thin flap of corneal epithelium. It achieves this by gently separating the epithelium from the underlying corneal layer without cutting. In Epi LASIK, no alcohol solution is applied to loosen and remove the surface of the epithelium as in LASEK.

 

Advanced Epi-LASIK may be your best choice if you have thin corneas or have certain conditions of the cornea. Which procedure is best for you, will be ascertained from your consultation.

 
 

Epi-LASIK is similar to LASEK in that it is a LASIK Eye Surgery procedure that can be used for patients who have thin corneas and might not otherwise be good candidates for ordinary LASIK. Once the epithelial layer has been removed, the Excimer Laser is then applied and reshapes the cornea to correct your prescription, as in LASIK, PRK and LASIK. Upon completion of the Excimer Laser application, the epithelial flap is then returned to its original position.

 

Epi-LASIK has a relative advantage in that it avoids any of the potential complications encountered while making a conventional LASIK flap and during the flap healing process. Compared to LASEK and PRK it is believed that Epi-LASIK can allow a more rapid visual recovery, perhaps 3-4 days versus a 7 days or more with PRK and 5-7 days with LASEK.

 
 
 
Ansborough Office: 999 Home Plaza, Suite 100, Waterloo, IA 50701 Phone: (319) 236-0815 Fax: (319) 234-0847
Sartori Office: Sartori Professional Building 516 S. Division St., Suite 120, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Phone: (319) 266-0345 Fax: (319) 268-1327

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