Surface Ablation EPIK

Since its creation, surface ablation has played an important role in refractive surgery.  Although LASIK is the procedure of choice for most patients worldwide, there are limitations to it.  Nowadays, thanks to different options (LASIK, femtosecond LASIK, and Epi-LASIK), the refractive surgeon can propose a true customization to the patients, based on corneal status, work and leisure activities, and risk tolerance.  The standard surface ablation techniques, essentially PRK and LASEK, have well-known drawbacks.  They are associated with important pain, and slow visual recovery and in both cases, the introduction of alcohol can be traumatic to the eye.


Epi-LASIK combines the best of LASIK and surface ablation. This refractive surgical technique consists in mechanically cleaving the epithelium from the Bowman’s membrane leaving a pristine optical zone for laser ablation thanks to a device called an epikeratome. Epi-LASIK preserves the structural integrity of the eye and allows the production of a remarkably viable epithelial flap. This flap can be either discarded or repositioned, according to the surgeon’s preference. Epi-LASIK also minimizes discomfort, and shortens the length of visual recovery.