These are just some of the many LASIK treatments available today. The technical and medical jargon associated with LASIK treatments can be quite daunting. Deciding between LASIK vs Epi-LASIK? Confused? That’s normal, we’re here to help. We’ve summarized the procedural differences and pros and cons of various LASIK treatment methods into a quick and easy guide.
(Also known as iLASIK, IntraLase, Bladeless LASIK, “Standard” LASIK)
LASIK is regarded as the gold standard in vision correction procedures. It is able to treat myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia. With more than 20 years of proven results, it has been shown to be accurate, predictable, and safe. This treatment is suitable for the vast majority of people, even those who frequently participate in contact sports.
(Also known as TransPRK, PRK Advanced Surface Ablation, LASEK, Flapless LASIK)
Epi-LASIK is abbreviated from ‘Epithelial LASIK’. Epi-LASIK and LASIK both use an excimer laser to correct for refractive errors – the difference lies in the method of preparing the cornea for correction (see diagram below). As compared to LASIK, Epi-LASIK causes more discomfort and has slower visual recovery. However, it is a good treatment option for select patients. At Lee Hung Ming Eye Centre, we usually use this method to treat patients with thin corneas or boxing/mixed martial arts enthusiasts.
The diagram below compares the similarities and differences between LASIK and Epi-LASIK.
The most common question we get from patients after explaining LASIK to them is, “So, which is the best treatment?”
Our eyes are akin to fingerprints – with every individual’s being highly unique. The best treatment option will vary according to factors such as myopic power, astigmatism, cornea thickness, cornea shape and lifestyle.
The best treatment for everyone is different. At Lee Hung Ming Eye Centre, we believe in offering thorough assessments, individualized consultations, and a variety of different LASIK treatments to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.
All patients who are keen on LASIK will undergo a thorough series of eye checks and a detailed consultation with Dr Lee Hung Ming (our Medical Director and Senior Consultant), during which we will assess and discuss the best LASIK option for you.
Refractive Errors: Myopia, Hyperopia & Astigmatism: (read more)
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LASIK Xtra for Corneal Strengthening: (read more)
ASA/Epi-LASIK/LASEK/PRK Surgery: (read more)
LASIK/Epi-LASIK FAQs: (read more)
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