Improvements With Epi-LASIK
the Ocular Surgery News reported on current research involving
new LASIK procedures. The results of that recent research suggest
that patients undergoing photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) with
the necessity for alcohol or additional mechanical aids may have
better results with the Epi-LASIK procedure. Many doctors have
been testing this procedure--combined with MORIA microkeratome--on
patients that would otherwise be subjected to PRK, and their results
have been promising.
What advantages does Epi-LASIK have over PRK? It provides virtually
all of the benefits of PRK but with the added benefit of a quicker
recovery. Many patients report that they regain usable vision
within 48 hours.
The traditional LASIK and PRK procedures still have their preferred
uses and have always yielded good results, but Epi-LASIK appears
to be the next step in the evolution of LASIK technology. Epi-LASIK
patients consistently report a shorter recovery period and fewer
side effects or complications than those experienced by regular
PRK or LASIK patients.
Experienced LASIK surgeons are embracing the new technique. They
feel that the rapid recovery offered by Epi-LASIK puts less undue
stress on patients, encouraging them to approach the recovery
period with a more optimistic perspective. Keeping the patient’s
perspective in mind, it is easy to understand how gratifying nearly
immediate results can be. Obviously, patients that recover sooner
benefit from their surgeries sooner not only with their improved
vision but with an improved self-esteem.
A positive attitude has been proven to have its own positive influence
on recovery. Most patients will experience some mild pain or side
effects like visual disturbance, which can be stressful in the
best of circumstances and unsettling in the worst. Knowing that
these occurrences are temporary may help patients to summon the
resolve to bear them with optimism.
What disadvantages does Epi-LASIK have when compared to PRK? None.
Epi-LASIK patients have complication rates similar to those of
PRK patients. In both surgeries, complications are rare.
With the advantages Epi-LASIK has over the old PRK procedure,
and with no notable disadvantages, it’s no surprise that
surgeons and patients alike are making Epi-LASIK their top choice.