Epi-LASIK/PRK

Our Colorado Vision Correction Center Provides Advanced Denver LASIK Eye Surgery, and Other Vision Correction Options such as EpiLASIK.

At Hines-Sight in Denver, Colorado, we perform laser eye surgery procedures ranging beyond LASIK laser vision correction to treat the many variations of refractive error. Our other refractive procedures include PRK, refractive cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange, the new Epi LASIK, and phakic intraocular lens implants. Whether you suffer from myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, or cataracts, we can help you see the world clearly again.

Epi-LASIK

(epithelial laser in situ keratomileusis) Epi-lasik is a recently adopted type of LASIK eye surgery performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.  Epi-LASIK actually combines advantages from both PRK and conventional LASIK into one procedure.  Epi-Lasik is a viable alternative to these two procedures and is performed by our surgeons at the Hines-Sight Eye Center.  Hines-Sight is proud to be the first center in Colorado to offer Epi-LASIK, the latest in LASIK vision correction.  This exciting new procedure combines features of PRK and LASIK for truly advanced laser eye surgery.

What happens during Epi-LASIK surgery?

Epi-LASIK involves cutting an ultra thin flap of tissue known as the epithelium that covers the very surface of the eye's cornea.  Epi-LASIK differs from LASIK primarily based around the type and thickness of flap created.  The flap cut is so thin that it does not penetrate the actual cornea substance, whereas LASIK actually penetrates into the superficial layers of the cornea.  With Epi-LASIK the surgeon uses an epithelial separator to separate the sheet from the eye.  After the epithelial separator has created this ultra thin flap, the flap is lifted and carefully folded back. The next step involves using an excimer laser just like with conventional LASIK.  The laser treatment then occurs, thus reshaping the surface of the eye.  The epithelial flap is then gently repositioned back on the eye.  A contact lens bandage will be required after the surgery to assist with the healing process.

Advantages of Epi-LASIK:

  1. Fewer Flap Complications With Epi-LASIK:  Because flaps are so much thinner with epi-LASIK, chances of complications are reduced.
  2. Less Dry Eye With Epi-LASIK:  Surgeons using epi-LASIK have reported fewer instances of dry eye syndrome as a complication, possibly because the thinner flap does not hamper normal processes of the corneal nerves involved in triggering responses necessary to moisten the eye's surface.
  3. Epi-LASIK is more appropriate for thinner corneas: Patients with thinner corneas or less cornea tissue appear to have less likelihood of complications with epi-LASIK, because this method does not penetrate the cornea. thinning the cornea much less than traditional LASIK, Epi LASIK allows many people with thin corneal tissue to receive laser vision correction.

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Did You Know?

Dr. William Hines is a board certified ophthalmologist, trained to perform the most advanced laser vision correction procedures in the Denver, Colorado area.  Did you realize that the LASIK laser known as the excimer laser is the same laser used in PRK and in Epi-LASIK?  LASIK eye surgery and Epi-LASIK involves the use of an excimer laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea, or the outer layer of the eye.  The EXCIMER laser, which is a specific type of "cool" laser, generates its power from light in the ultraviolet range.  Because the excimer laser does not generate any heat, there is no thermal tissue damage as the result of the laser light.  The laser is programmed to remove precisely the amount of tissue needed to achieve the desired result.

Concluding Remarks on Epi-LASIK and vision correction alternatives

If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery or that you have a history of dry eye or have thin corneas, LASIK may not be the best vision correction option. Technology has advanced and you now have some excellent alternatives to traditional LASIK eye surgery.  Epi-LASIK (see also VISIAN ICL) is one of the latest advancements in laser vision correction that can provide patients with the same lifestyle advantages of LASIK.  Best of all Denver LASIK specialist, William Hines, MD is here to advise you on the best options for your personal best vision.  Because Dr. Hines is a comprehensive refractive ophthalmologist, he will look at the entire spectrum of vision correction procedures to counsel you about the best procedure for you.  Many centers that provide only LASIK have a very narrow focus when it comes to vision correction and may or may not tell you about alternatives such as Epi-LASIK, Visian ICL and other phakic intraocular lenses or clear lens extraction with intraocular lens implantation.  As you know Dr. William Hines is Denver’s most trusted LASIK surgeon and vision correction expert.  When it comes to credibility and safety you can trust William Hines, M.D. and his Denver LASIK staff of quality vision correction doctors at Hines-Sight.  Please feel free to visit this website on a regular basis to learn more about advanced LASIK technology, eye care and other eye surgery procedures.  Hines-Sight aims to be at the forefront with the best technology and excellent safety standards for years to come.

If you are considering refractive eye surgery or LASIK in Denver and the sheer cost of this eye surgery is a significant burden please feel free to contact one of our Denver LASIK counselors.  Our LASIK counselors will give you detailed information about how to afford LASIK eye surgery through financing.  Hines-Sight offers LASIK financing through Chase Health Advantage.  To learn more simply call one of our counselors.  If you wish to try and apply for one of the LASIK financing programs click here

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PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

Our Denver, Colorado center offers PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), a laser eye surgery suited for patients with refractive error that are not good candidates for LASIK vision correction.  PRK uses the same type of excimer laser to reshape the cornea as LASIK, so that light may properly focus on the retina to see clearly.

In this procedure the surgeon uses a computerized excimer laser to reshape the cornea.  The laser removes only a minimal layer of the cornea, approximately the thickness of 1 to 3 human hairs, so the strength of the cornea is retained. The main drawback of the PRK is the outer part of the cornea, called the epithelium, is removed during the procedure, which requires a longer healing time and some discomfort during the healing process.  However, this procedure is often used for correcting  nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  Because of the delayed healing with PRK, the newest form of surgery, LASIK, is now the preferred procedure for laser vision correction.

PRK differs from LASIK vision correction in that it does not involve the creation of a flap to reshape the cornea.  The advantage of PRK is that patients who are not candidates for LASIK may still regain better vision through refractive laser eye surgery.  However, PRK does require a longer recovery process, and vision is not restored as quickly as LASIK vision correction. Also, a temporary, protective contact lens is worn for about 1 week after PRK to reduce postoperative discomfort and promote the regrowth of the epithelium (surface skin).

William Hines, MD has been performing PRK laser eye surgery in Colorado for over 10 years with great success.  PRK patients are incredibly pleased with the results of their treatment, and enjoy clear vision every day.  Dr. Hines will work with you to decide which laser vision correction is best for you. Contact our Denver, Colorado office today to discuss your options!

For those patients that don't qualify for LASIK or other Laser refractive procedures due to having a highly nearsighted or farsighted prescription, extremely dry eyes and/or corneas that are too thin, we offer the option of the Visian ICL or Refractive Lens Exchange with intraocular lens implantation.

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