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Myths and Facts about Epi-LASIK Surgery
Eye Procedure Restores Vision in Just Minutes
(WTNH)– Today Alexia Papadopoulos is living her dream of teaching Bikram yoga. But a couple years ago, it almost wasn’t possible because of one minor detail.
“Bikram yoga, as we all know, it’s hot, it’s ninety minutes long, it’s in a heated room, so you sweat, you detox everything out, so glasses just tend to slide right off your face,” Papadopoulos explained.
Glasses also fog up. That’s when she decided to do something about it and turned to Jeffrey Gold, M.D., F.A.C.S., an ophthalmologist and owner of Liberty Vision in Hamden. He’s one of 13 doctors in the country who performs a newer type of laser vision surgery called Epi-LASIK.
“The healing time is very short — only a few days — and there’s no pain involved in it anymore,” Dr. Gold said.
Unlike traditional LASIK surgery, Epi-LASIK doesn’t require cutting a flap in the cornea, which research shows never fully heals and can be accidentally dislodged even years later.
“Those people, for the rest of their lives, who have had LASIK, are subject if they get hit in the eye just the wrong way, that flap can come loose, and they need to find somebody to fix it very, very quickly or they might need a corneal transplant later on,” Dr. Gold explained.
To perform Epi-LASIK, Dr. Gold first numbs the eye with drops. He then uses a special blade-less device to remove the cornea’s top layer of cells called the epithelium.
“I work a separation device that pretty much works like a snow plow on your driveway,” Dr. Gold described. “It can feel where the snow is and where the driveway is and it just removes the snow without removing part of your driveway.”
Retina-scanning technology tracks the position of the eye and a laser is used to re-shape the cornea, correcting the vision impairment.
After the surgery, a protective contact lens is placed on the eye and over the next three days, the epithelial cells grow back. The procedure takes just four minutes per eye and can be used to correct a range of vision problems.
“We can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia which is just the need for reading glasses,” Dr. Gold said.
For Dr. Gold, giving patients the gift of sight is a gift itself.
“It’s tremendously rewarding for me because I’ve been in their shoes,” he recalled. “Given the fact that I first got my first pair of glasses when I was 5 years old and that was when I first discovered that trees have leaves and they weren’t just big green things. I’ve been invested in eye care ever since I was a child.”
For patients like Papadopoulos, a lifetime of clear vision is priceless.
“This is my fulltime job now,” she explained. “I don’t have to wear glasses to see students in the back row or anything like that. I can be more hands on.”
And her future is now in sight.
What You Need to Know about Epi-LASIK
(WTNH)– Ophthalmologist Jeffrey D. Gold, M.D., from Liberty Vision discusses the safety of Epi-LASIK vs LASIK, preventing pain with Epi-LASIK, what to expect after Epi-LASIK and eye protection after Epi-LASIK.
Custom Epi-LASIK for Vision
(WTNH)– Jeffrey D. Gold, MD, from Libery Vision, Personal Trainer / Entertainment business Jason Carlascio talk about Custom Epi-LASIK.
Epi-LASIK is safer than LASIK. Every eye is different and custom treatment solves that problem.Liberty Vision is unique. Dr. Gold does all the work.
Jason talks about his motivation for Laser Vision Correction.
Benefits of Epi-LASIK
(WTNH)– Ophthalmologist Jeffrey D. Gold, MD from Liberty Vision, along with patient Chemist Wallace Pringle talk about Epi-LASIK.
They discuss the motivation for Laser Vision Correction and the safety of Epi-LASIK vs LASIK. Liberty Vision is unique in that Dr. Gold does all pre-operative testing, the surgery, and all post-operative care personally. One certified ophthalmic assistant takes care of all the details as to scheduling, prescriptions, etc. She has personally had the surgery. Dr. Gold has performed vision correction surgery for 6 family members. Epi-LASIK is inherently safer than LASIK because it involves no cutting.
Epi-LASIK for Vision Correction
(WTNH)– Jeffrey D. Gold, MD of Liberty Vision and patient Janice Christopher discuss Epi-LASIK.
Epi-LASIK is much safer than LASIK. It’s also safer than long-term contact lense wear. There are different motivations for having Laser Vision Correction
Dr. Gold has done more than 11,000 cases. Liberty Vision is unique in that he does all screenings, measurements, surgery and post-op care.
Safety of Epi-LASIK
(WTNH)– Ophthalmologist Jeffrey D. Gold, MD and Accountant/CPA James Norton talk about the safety of Epi-LASIK.
He discusses the different motivational factors for Laser Vision Correction, along with JDG – over 11,000 cases.
Epi-LASIK is much safer, short and long-term than LASIK. He also talks about who is a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction and the complication rate compared to contact lenses.
Fixing Your Vision with Epi-LASIK
(WTNH)– Ophthalmologist Jeffrey D. Gold, MD from Liberty Vision and his patient, registered Nurse at YNHH Arlene Grasser, RN, talk Epi-LASIK.
Epi-LASIK at Liberty Vision
WTNH– Ophthalmologist Jeffrey D. Gold, MD from Liberty Vision, and his patient, children’s book illustrator Trish Evenwel, discuss Epi-LASIK.
Epi-LASIK is safer than LASIK because there is no cutting. In terms of infection, Laser Vision Correction (LVC) is safer than contact lenses.
The minimum age for LVC is 18 with proof that eyes have finished changing. Dr. Gold has done over 1,1000 LVC procedures including many of his own family members.
Laser Vision Correction Study
WTNH– Ophthalmologist Jeffrey D. Gold, MD and his patient Orlando Rodriguez discuss a new study comparing satisfaction among people who stayed in contacts, who wore contacts then had LVC, and who wore glasses then had LVC.
He talks about how Epi-LASIK is safer than LASIK and how Epi-LASIK is done.
Laser Vision Correction Alternatives
(WTNH) — Dr. Jeffrey Gold of Liberty Vision and his patient, Ralph Columbare, discuss the Epi-LASIK procedure and what it entails.
Benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal
(WTNH) — Dr. Jeffrey Gold of Laser Body Solutions discusses the process of laser tattoo removal with one of his patients, Courtney McCarroll.
Deciding if Vision Correction Surgery Is Right for You
(WTNH) — Dr. Jeffrey Gold of Liberty Vision describes the Epi-Lasik procedure and explains how it is performed on patients.
Laser Tattoo Removal
(WTNH) — Dr. Jeffrey D. Gold discusses how common tattoo regret is and how beneficial laser tattoo removal can be.
Determining if Laser Vision Correction Is Right for You
Dr. Jeffrey D. Gold from Liberty Vision explains how laser vision correction surgery is performed and the benefits the procedure can provide.
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