Are you planning to have eye surgery done? Has your eye doctor examined you and offered you a choice between epilasik and lasik? If you’re having trouble deciding which procedure to go for, you’ve come to the right place because here I will be discussing why you should go for an epilasik instead of a lasik procedure.
The two procedures are actually very similar to each other. Both are done on an outpatient basis, which means no need for hospital admission, and can be completed in a matter of minutes. If your doctor has offered you a choice between the two procedures, it only means that you are a good candidate for either of the procedures. You probably do not suffer from dry eye syndrome or have a thin cornea because if you do, your eye surgeon would most likely tell you that you have no other choice but epilasik because you are not a good candidate for lasik.
So for those who do have a choice between the two procedures, here are some of the reasons why epilasik is better than lasik. In lasik, the surgeon will create a flap in your cornea prior to using a laser to reshape it, while in epilasik, there is no corneal flap created. The surgeon creates an epithelial flap instead. This is why epilasik is sometimes referred to as “superficial lasik.” Because of that, with epilasik you may avoid some of the lasik side effects associated with the formation of a corneal flap. These include corneal abrasion (a scratch on your cornea), flap striae (wrinkles caused by slight shifting of the corneal flap), diffuse lamellar keratitis (inflammation between the corneal flap and corneal stroma), and flap dislodgment (risk increases if you are in a profession or engage in hobbies where you have a higher chance of getting hit in the eye). Those are just some of the lasik risks that you should be aware of before making your decision on which procedure to go for.
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