Wearing glasses can feel clumsy and unnatural. The constant need for maintenance and cleaning, as well as the unavoidable routine refraction tests, makes glasses just as inconvenient as they are helpful. Factor in the cost, and it’s easy to see why most would rather do without them. In Singapore – one of the countries with the highest prevalence of myopia – citizens are said to collectively spend 311.5 million SGD every year for prescription glasses alone.

Fortunately, laser eye surgery in Singapore has become more accessible to the average everyday individual. With numerous eye clinics popping up throughout the city, access to procedures like Epi-Lasik eye surgery is now more convenient than ever.

What is Epi-Lasik Eye Surgery?

Epithilial Laser in Sity Keratomileusis or Epi-Lasik eye surgery is a procedure that entails adjusting and correcting vision by cutting a thin flap of epithelial tissue from the surface of the eye. The surgeon then reshapes the stroma underneath, and then replaces the flap to encourage the tissues to heal. Commonly, doctors place a special contact lens over the eye to help promote faster recovery.

How is Epi-Lasik Different from Lasik or Lasek?

This has to be one of the most common questions on the minds of people hoping to undergo laser eye surgery. While all three of these procedures aim to achieve the same thing – and that is better vision – there are minor differences in the way they’re performed.

Epi-Lasik’s main distinguishing characteristics are: •  The flap created is smaller and thinner than in any other procedure. •    The doctor does not apply alcohol post-operatively.

In most cases, these seeming minor differences can create a world of convenience, comfort, and ease for the person undergoing the procedure.

What Does Epi-Lasik Correct?

It’s important to understand that Epi-Lasik – or any of the laser eye surgery available, for that matter – does not produce perfect, 20/20 vision. The procedure simply corrects eyesight to make it easier for people to function on the daily without the same heightened need for glasses.

Epi-Lasik eye surgery is best for people with mild to moderate nearsightedness and mild to moderate farsightedness. Some doctors may also prescribe Epi-Lasik to correct astigmatism. More severe cases of these visual problems may not be ideally resolved by Epi-Lasik because of the heightened risk of complications and regression.

Consulting with an eye doctor to better understand whether an individual’s situation is ideal for Epi-Lasik will provide better insight as to what the procedure can do for the specific person.

Who is Qualified for Epi-Lasik Eye Surgery?

Not everyone will be allowed by their eye doctor to undergo Epi-Lasik eye surgery. For instance as stated above, those with more severe cases of hyperopia, myopia, or astigmatism may not fully benefit from the procedure, which is why doctors will suggest against Epi-Lasik for these cases.

A doctor will most likely recommend Epi-Lasik eye surgery to patients who:

  • Are generally healthy, without pre-existing medical conditions • Are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding •                Have healthy eyes without issues such as glaucoma •               Have mild to moderate cases of myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism •       Are at least 18-21 years old, depending on the doctor’s recommendation

A doctor will also recommend Epi-Lasik eye surgery to individuals with thinner corneas, as the flap created during the procedure will be much slimmer than in other procedures. The procedure is also best for people who might have their eyes subjected to minor trauma such as during sports as the thinner flap is much less likely to dislodge.

In terms of risks, there are a few when it comes to Epi-Lasik eye surgery. In Singapore however, the procedure has been tremendously fine-tuned through the past few years, making it one of the most successful eye surgeries in the country.

So for anyone seeking a way to say goodbye to specs, Epi-Lasik eye surgery proves to be a safe, easy, and budget-friendly way to change the way you see everyday life.