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A 48-year-old member asked:

I have optic neuritis from ms. can i still get lasik?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 20 years experience
Most likely: If you have a significant prescription and want to decrease your spectacle dependence, then lasik can be considered. Optic neuritis due to ms does not disqualify you but any deficits due to prior episodes (such as decreased best corrected vision, visual field defects, decreased contrast sensitivity, color perception abnormalities) will still be present after surgery.
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Dr. Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad commented
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
If you have Lasik, your vision will be similar to what you currently see with your glasses. As Dr. Bradley stated, Lasik will not improve any loss of vision you have from the optic nerve damage.
Dec 11, 2012
Dr. Federico Mattioli
LASIK Surgery 27 years experience
Check other options: Technically possible, but there are other options that may have less adverse effect on the already compromised optic nerve (where the neuritis caused inflammation). Other surgical options may include prk and lens implants.
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Dr. Alan Mindlin
52 years experience
Maybe: Not all optic neuritis is the same even with ms. A lot has to do with the extent of the damage and number of episodes. Any type of refractive surgery or intraocular surgery can have increased risks of further damage with prior inflammation. I would consider all of these risks before pursuing elective surgery.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Sure you can, but: Have the optic neuritis fully treated and controlled, and make sure that you have been finished with any steroid medication used to treat the optic neuritis for at least 4-6 weeks.
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Last updated Jul 2, 2018

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