Since LASIK surgery began being used in 1992, more than eight million Americans have received this vision correction surgery. LASIK surgery was developed in response to the needs of these millions of people who hated wearing glasses or contacts. Or perhaps their lifestyle or sports activities made wearing glasses or contacts impractical. LASIK surgery is able to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, freeing these individuals forever from dependence on glasses or contacts.

Of course, medical science is always looking for better, more successful and painless methods of treating health conditions, and vision correction is no exception. That’s why Drs. Louis Michaelos and his son John Michaelos perform the newer procedure, epi-LASIK.



LASIK vision correction surgery is very exact and fast, and recovery is usually quite fast as well. During LASIK treatment, lasers are programmed to reshape the cornea (the clear covering over the iris and pupil) to change the refractive characteristics of the eye in the same way that glasses and contacts do. Epi-LASIK is a state-of-the-art updated version of this surgery that has been determined to result in better, more stable healing of the cornea and better long-term results. It can also be performed on some patients who were not good candidates for LASIK.


Here’s some things you should know or some questions you might want to ask.

  • Are you a good candidate for epi-LASIK? As mentioned, some people who were not good LASIK candidates can receive epi-LASIK treatment. You will need an examination and measurement of the thickness of your corneas to make sure.
  • How long is the epi-LASIK recovery time? You will need to wear a covering over your eye for the first few days after the procedure. Your doctor will normally remove this covering during your followup visit. Most people can drive within a week and your eyesight will improve gradually over the next three to six months.
  • Are there certain people who would be strongly advised to choose epi-LASIK over LASIK? Epi-LASIK results in greater stability of the surface of the cornea. Anyone who is likely to receive blows to the eye would be smart to choose epi-LASIK, for example, athletes and law enforcement personnel.
  • How should you choose a doctor to perform epi-LASIK surgery? By experience and knowledge of the eye. After performing many thousands of surgical procedures of all types, Dr. Louis Michaelos, Dr. John Michaelos and the other doctors at St. Michaels Eye & Laser Institute know exactly how to care for these delicate structures to achieve consistently excellent results for their patients.


As with any surgery, a careful evaluation must be made of the patient’s eye health and the degree of correction needed before the cost can be estimated. While the cost usually ranges between $1,000 to $3,000 per eye, a patient with very poor vision can find their costs ranging higher.

Also, because we only employ the latest surgical procedures in our office and because of the extensive experience of our doctors, you might find our costs run slightly more than some other eye institutes. We have one standard of quality: The very best quality for the very best results.

If you’ve been considering LASIK surgery, find out how St. Michael’s Eye & Eye Laser Institute is better. Come meet us and experience the personal and friendly level of care you’ll find nowhere else. Call us at 727-500-2020 to schedule an appointment.
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