The good news with PRK/Epi-LASIK is that no cuts are made with lasers or blades. This ensures that the essential integrity of your cornea is not tampered with. The outermost layer of the cornea (epithelium) is neatly removed with the aid of a separating device which is blunt, and hazards such as progressive corneal thinning have become rare indeed.
In the LASIK procedure a flap is cut in the cornea, which inherently weakens the cornea. In addition, the flap never completely heals, leaving patients vulnerable for life to the consequences of a blow to the eye causing the flap to become dislodged. PRK/Epi-LASIK usually gives better visual outcomes than the better known LASIK procedure without cutting and thus weakening the cornea for life. There is no risk of a flap becoming dislodged. Because the plane of the treatment in PRK/Epi-LASIK is closer to the front of the eye, less laser energy has to be used to accomplish the vision improvement and thereby preserves the maximum amount of corneal tissue. Thus PRK/Epi-LASIK takes the lead in the arena of laser eye surgery.
With no sharp incisions or openings created in the cornea, even those patients who would have otherwise been excluded from having LASIK because of thin corneas may no longer have to be disqualified from having Laser Vision Correction. Other prospective patients, who engage in action-packed vocations or careers like working on the Police force, fire department, or being a martial arts teacher, or participating in contact or raquet sports, also can be considered for Laser Vision Correction.
Additionally, because none of the nerves of the cornea are cut during PRK/Epi-LASIK, the normal tearing process is less interfered with, so there is less dry eye produced and for a shorter period of time. After your PRK/Epi-LASIK procedure, you will leave Liberty Vision wearing sunglasses, and go home to sleep for a couple of hours during which time the surface cells will begin to re-grow after about one hour of sleep. Full regrowth of the epithelium generally requires 3 or more days during which time the eye is protected with a “bandage” contact lens which only Dr. Gold deals with.
PRK/Epi-LASIK by Connecticut Ophthalmologist Dr. Jeffrey Gold
If you are looking for great vision, you can expect a higher level of success with custom PRK/Epi-LASIK than with other types of laser eye surgery.
The outstanding efficiency of PRK/Epi-LASIK must be delivered by the hands of an PRK/Epi-LASIK expert. It is more than imperative to make an intense search for that ‘just right’ doctor who has years of experience to his or her credit. Prior to actual surgery, Dr. Gold will run comprehensive tests on both eyes to ensure that the patient is healthy and fit enough to undergo PRK/Epi-LASIK treatment. Any identified eye illnesses will be remedied before the doctor can begin the PRK/Epi-LASIK procedure.
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