EPI-LASIK is good option for individuals with thin corneas. In this procedure the first slice of the cornea called ephitelium. is removed. Full recovery time can take up to 20 days in some cases.
EPI-LASIK still performed with a mechanical device called microkeratome in order to remove the first slice of the cornea, obviously the surgery is performed with a different head blade setting, in order to remove only the first slice of the cornea called ephitelium.
EPI-LASIK is a very successful technique, but recovering time takes longer than traditional refractive eye surgery procedure, but less that PRK.
In this video we can see the surgeon using a microkeratome. This particular device is used, in order to remove the ephitelium, and it work in a manner that a ring located on top of the cornea will allow the suction on the eye ball, creating some pressure and exposing the corneal tissue to be remove by a "mechanic blade".
Some patient experience pain in the suction process and also they lose their's vision for a few seconds while the suction is applied.
A bandage contact lens is applied after the laser, in order to make sure that on the healing process, the eye will not be exposed to any direct contact, recovery average time frame depend on each patient and could be between (5 to 10 days) but as always there is a minority that experience healing even 20 days after the procedure, which still considered normal.
Page updated January 05, 2010