|Epi-LASIK has a relative advantage in that it avoids any of the potential complications encountered while making a conventional LASIK flap and during the flap healing process. Compared to LASEK and PRK it is believed that Epi-LASIK can allow a more rapid visual recovery, perhaps 3-4 days versus a 7 days or more with PRK and 5-7 days with LASEK.
LASIK generally offers patients a minimal amount of discomfort, if any. With PRK, LASEK and again with Epi-LASIK, a thin soft bandage contact lens will be worn for several days after treatment to help with healing and minimize discomfort. Whereas with PRK there may be moderate discomfort for 1-2 days. With LASEK it is less and with Epi-LASIK it is believed to be even less, but still not quite as comfortable as with ordinary LASIK. Advanced LASIK Eye Surgery surface ablation such as Epi-LASIK may be your best choice is you have thin corneas or have certain conditions of the cornea. In general it is best to leave the recommendation of which procedure to is best for you, up to your LASIK surgeon based on your consultation.