Epi-LASIK Helps People not Eligible for LASIK

By Britney Glaser - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - If you're ready to throw out your contacts or glasses, but have been told LASIK is not right for you, there's a new procedure that can finally help you see clearly. In this Healthcast, we show you how Epi-LASIK works.

For years, Wesley Hardin has had a frustrating vision problem.  "I'm near-sighted in one eye and far-sighted in the other eye," says Hardin.

15 years ago, Hardin underwent a surgery to correct his right eye, but through the years, his vision began to change. His prior procedure left his right eye with a cornea too thin for LASIK, but thanks to a new procedure called Epi-LASIK, Dr. A.J. O'Byrne with The Eye Clinic was able to treat Hardin this week.

"Epi-LASIK is a surface ablation and we have a device that removes only the epithelium, which is sort of like the skin of the cornea," says Dr. O'Byrne, "so, the underlying stroma is basically untouched and then we reshape the cornea with the laser."

Within three days of Epi-LASIK, the epithelium, or the cornea's outer-most surface grows back.  "It takes about a week to get good vision and each day is better than the day before," says Dr. O'Byrne.

Hardin had Epi-LASIK to correct his right eye and traditional LASIK on his left eye. Working as an operator for Cameron LNG, being able to clearly read what's on his computer is pertinent to his job.  "I've been doing a lot of computer work and a lot of reading in the last year and it's been giving me a headache and double vision," says Hardin, "I'm hoping to see close to perfectly out of the right eye, too."

Hardin should be at near-perfect vision in each eye by the end of the week.  For more information about Epi-LASIK, call the Laser Center at 1-877-95-FOCUS.