Epilasek stands for “Laser assisted subepithelial keratectomy”. The technique is an evolution of the original keratomileusis, a Greek word meaning to carve or sculpt the cornea, allowing the cornea to be operated on in situ with the excimer laser, simplifying the procedure.
This “superficial” laser eye surgery technique barely weakens the corneal biomechanical structure and so is the most suitable for cases with reduced corneal thickness (thin corneas). Recovery is slower than with other laser eye surgery techniques and causes postoperative discomfort, though there are excellent results within a short time.
Our sophisticated Epi-Lasek technique is the result of intense research and development; the latest technical developments are subjected to rigorous security checks before being incorporated into the our eye clinics’ procedures.
Prior to laser eye surgery, we carry out a thorough eye examination, assessing the needs of your particular case, and inform you of the various treatment alternatives. Some time beforehand, you stop using your contact lenses: a week if they are soft and two weeks if they are semi-hard. The day of the operation, you will dress in comfortable clothes and come to the clinic with your face washed with no fragrance or facial cream.
Laser eye surgery using Epi-Lasek is totally painless and lasts a few minutes. The eye is anaesthetised with eye drops without injections. We separate the corneal epithelium and then shape the cornea using a high-tech 400 hz WaveLight Allegretto Eye-Q excimer laser, equipped with an automatic tracking system (Active EyeTracker) which follows eye movements during surgery. The most advanced technology ensures the best results.
At Visióndiez Clinics, we follow a strict protocol which includes a system of continuous laser calibration, air purification using absolute filters, ultrafiltration washing solutions and the use of special clothes that do not emit particles.
At the end of the operation, we will insert a therapeutic contact lens that will protect the cornea for the first days. You will leave the clinic with your eyes uncovered and slightly blurred vision. You can move around perfectly but you should not drive.
You can crouch, carry weights and do physical activities. In the first days, only touch your eyes gently without rubbing them. You will notice discomfort, stinging and light sensitivity at first after the operation.
Recovery of vision is slower than with other laser eye surgery techniques. You will not see well until the second or third week and it will only be perfect after two or three months.