A 45-year-old member asked:
Does lasik help people with optic atrophy?
4 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
No: Lasik is done on the front part of the eye called the cornea, optic atrophy is a problem with the optic nerve. These are two completely separate areas in the eye. It would be like trying to fix a twisted ankle by putting a cast on your arm.
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Ophthalmology 27 years experience
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LASIK Surgery 26 years experience
No: Lasik will not help people with optic atrophy. The nerve has for some reason suffered an injury and as such may not process light input/vision in a normal way. Lasik functions to focus light in the proper spot but not to address any type of optic nerve injury.
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Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Possibly: If you have a significant glasses prescription, lasik could maximize your uncorrected vision by eliminating it. It will not improve the underlying optic atrophy though.
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Last updated Jan 27, 2017
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