What is Epi-LASIK?

It is a refractive surgery method used to lessened one’s reliance on glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Ioannis Pallikaris, the pioneer behind this surgery, is similar to an automatic LASEK but without alcohol. It is widely deemed as the superficial LASIK by many. The stromal bed is noticeably smoother as compared to systematic methods or brushes. Unlike the LASEK, there is nary a chance of possible damage to the limbal stem cells. Another benefit is that the LASIK is considerably less painful than its opposite counterpart. 


  1. A surgical tool similar to a microkeratome (used to make an incision on the cornea flap) carefully slides above the surface of the cornea, right below the epithelial layer (avascular), while suction is being applied
  2. As a result, a hinged sheet of epithelium (layer of cells) will be moderately visible
  3. It is then reflected away so that the ablation process can be carried out
  4. The sheet is then readjusted and a soft contact lens bandage is positioned carefully on the eye


  1. Easier on the corneal nerves, making it safer for those with dry eyes
  2. If the cornea shows an abnormal reaction to LASIK, epilasik may be a more suitable alternative