Epi-LASIK is an improved Laser Vision Correction technique that combines the advantages of PRK and LASIK and eliminates most of their disadvantages. PRK uses alcohol to remove the surface epithelium (the thin layer of skin covering the front surface of the cornea). Once removed, the surface of the eye is treated with the laser. After the procedure, a bandage contact lens is placed in the eye for four to six days while the epithelium slowly regenerates itself.

In PRK, the use of alcohol kills the epithelial cells and may cause mild swelling of the cornea that results in discomfort, light sensitivity, and a slower return to functional vision. The Epi-LASIK procedure uses a unique microkeratome to mechanically separate the epithelium to make a flap, similar to a traditional LASIK flap. Unlike LASIK, no sharp blades or knives are required. And unlike PRK, no alcohol is required.

Epi-LASIK is ideal for treating patients with thin corneas since it removes about thirty-five percent less tissue than LASIK. Treating the surface of the cornea can also produce a more predictable outcome for wavefront guided "Custom" laser vision correction. Other advantages of Epi-LASIK include: earlier visual recovery and less postoperative discomfort and haze than with PRK. Epi-LASIK offers less risk of complications associated with traditional LASIK, like potential flap complications and extended postoperative dry eye problems.

To learn more about Epi-Lasik contact Albany Eye Associates at 518-434-1042 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Doctors.