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Is it safe for a person with amblyopia to have lasik surgery?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Yes: Is it safe? Yes. Will it improve your vision beyond what your glasses do? No. In short, lasik is safe in amblyopic eyes, but it will not cure your amblyopia. Whatever your vision is in your glasses or contact lenses is about what it should be after lasik.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Careful: Lasik does not carry any extra risk in an amblyopic eye. And a few studies have shown small improvements in vision in these eyes! some patients saw better than they had seen with glasses or contacts. But you need to think of one other safety issue. If your non-amblyopic eye need surgery too, and something goes wrong with that eye, then you are stuck with the lazy eye as your best one!
Dr. Federico Mattioli
LASIK Surgery 26 years experience
Risks occur the same: Amblyopia ("lazy eye", one or both) can range from slightly blurred vision to very severe blurred vision. It is not a physical limitation to lasik but a functional limitation, meaning the best case is that you end up with the vision that your best glasses/contact prescription was able to get. Depending on the severity of amblyopia, it may not make sense to accept the risks for an elective procedure.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Yes. In patients with mild or moderate amblyopia, laser vision correction can be considered. The laser can not improve the amblyopia but it can eliminate the glasses prescription.

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