At Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A., we offer Epi-LASIK to correct refractive errors. Our laser vision surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Minkovitz, has extensive experience with this method of refractive surgery. Because of his expertise, he offers a range of Epi-LASIK corrections at our Wilmington, DE practice. This treatment can be an effective way to address nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Because the procedure does not involve the creation of a corneal flap, it can be a good option if you have irregular corneas or a history of certain eye conditions. Following treatment, you could enjoy 20/20 vision or better, and you may no longer need glasses or contacts.
What Is Epi-LASIK?
Epi-LASIK is designed to correct the way that your eye refracts light, which will produce a clearer image. To perform this procedure, Dr. Minkovitz will use a tool called an epi-keratome to isolate the top layer of your cornea, or epithelium, and access the deeper levels of your cornea to reshape them with a surgical laser. After he replaces the tissue or places a bandage contact lens, the cells will heal and regenerate naturally.
Epi-LASIK and Myopia
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of the most common vision problems. The condition occurs when your eye is too long or when your cornea is overly curved. As a result, light will focus in front of your retina, and not directly on its surface. Although you will be able to see close-up objects clearly, objects at a distance will appear blurry.
Most Epi-LASIK patients have 20/40 vision or better, and a large percentage enjoy 20/20 vision without glasses.
During Epi-LASIK, Dr. Minkovitz will reshape and shorten your cornea so that light lands in the center of your retina. Although it may take up to six months for your vision to stabilize, you could enjoy a significant improvement in your nearsightedness. In fact, most Epi-LASIK patients have 20/40 vision or better, and a large percentage enjoy 20/20 vision without glasses.
Epi-LASIK and Hyperopia
Hyperopia, or farsightedness, means the eye is too short, or your cornea is too flat. This causes light to focus behind your retina, rather than on the retina itself. When you suffer from farsightedness, distant objects appear in focus. However, close-up details will be blurry. You may suffer from headaches when reading, using the computer, or performing similar activities that require near vision.
Dr. Minkovitz can also use Epi-LASIK to correct hyperopia. Using careful techniques and an advanced laser, he will increase the curvature of your cornea. Surgical outcomes are harder to predict with hyperopia than they are with myopia. Nevertheless, Dr. Minkovitz has the necessary skill to produce outstanding results that could dramatically improve your vision.
Epi-LASIK and Astigmatism
If you suffer from astigmatism, you have an irregularly shaped cornea so light will focus in several places. Objects at all distances will appear blurry, and you could also suffer from headaches.
Epi-LASIK can reshape your eye so that your cornea has a more rounded, uniform shape. Even if you suffer from severe astigmatism, you may qualify for laser vision surgery, although you may require follow-up procedures to refine your results. In fact, like many astigmatism patients, you may benefit from the remarkable difference that Epi-LASIK can make in your vision and overall quality of life.
Find Out If Epi-LASIK Is Right for You
To learn more about this advanced laser eye surgery, contact Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A., today. We can evaluate your candidacy during an appointment and help you begin the path to clearer vision.