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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can i get laser eye surgery if i had a scleral buckle for a previous retinal detachement a couple of years ago?

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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes: A scleral buckle is used to fix a retina detachment. In doing so it also increases the myopia (nearsightedness) of the eye. Lasik can help improve the uncorrected vision. Usually retinal clearance is sought before hand. If a small cataract has developed, proceeding with cataract surgery first may be more prudent in correcting the vision.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Maybe: As long as your vision is still correctable with glasses and all of your other measurements are normal, you can likely still have laser eye surgery. I usually recommend surface laser or photorefractive keratectomy (prk) to avoid issue with increased intraocular pressure and theoretical retinal issues.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Could i get laser eye surgery if I have a scleral buckle for a previous retinal detachement?

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Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 46 years experience
Possibly: First discuss your retinal status with your retinal surgeon. If he clears you, then you can go for a consult to determine if you are otherwise an acceptable candidate.

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