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A 45-year-old member asked:

If i have had cataract surgery, am i still a candidate for lasik eye surgery?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Maybe: Cataract surgery does not exclude you from being a laser vision candidate. In fact, many people correct their vision with laser treatment after cataract surgery as the correction will likely be more permanent. Check with a refractive surgeon to ensure you are a candidate.
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Shouldn't need it!: Cataract surgery includes insertion of a lens implant. The implant is chosen to help eliminate glasses. But if you still needed lasik, it can usually still be performed.
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Dr. Federico Mattioli
LASIK Surgery 27 years experience
Typically yes: Cataract surgery sometimes negates the need for corrective eyewear after the treatment. An evaluation by an experienced lasik surgeon can help determine if it would help someone achieve their vision goal. Having had cataract surgery does not automatically exclude someone from lasik.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: If you have residual prescription after lasik, you can consider lasik if your eyes are normal otherwise. See a lasik surgeon for further evaluation.
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Dr. Matthew Rauen
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Yes: If there is still residual refractive error, lasik eye surgery can be done after cataract surgery. You need to discuss this option with a lasik surgeon, however, as every situation is different. Only they can comment on the health of your eyes and the type of lens implant that was used. You need to know that the lasik surgery will meet your goals and expectations.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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