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Is It Safe To Get Laser Eye Surgery If I Have Ankylosing Spondylitis
Maybe: If you have not had eye issues in the past, or if your eye problems have been well controlled for at least 3-6 months you could consider eye surgery. However, if you currently or recently had uveitis or other eye issues, it would be best to wait until these are better controlled. ...Read more
Almost always: Nearsightedness is the most common thing treated with lasik. Your lasik surgeon will determine if you qualify and if so, it is safe and effective. ...Read more
Most people can consider laser eye surgery when their distance prescription has become stable for at least 12-18 months, generally when they around 21 years of age or so.
Other factors also come into play, so a consult is required to make sure your eyes are otherwise suitable for surgery. ...Read more
In general: yes: Get an opinion form a qualified eyemd to make sure you are a good candidate. There are may factors that should be considered. ...Read more
Can I get laser eye surgery if I had a scleral buckle for a previous retinal detachement a couple of years ago?
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. ...Read more
Lasik: Astigmatism is easy, that means the eye is shaped like a football and not a basketball. Nystagmus, if is mild can be tracked by the eye tracker on the laser. For more severe nystagmus, I have stabilized the eye with a forcep and tracked the eye without the tracker. The results were good. Nystagmus is a intermittent or continuous swinging of the eyes. ...Read more
Timing for LASIK: The eye continues to change until the body stops growing. The key is to wait until the eyeglass prescription stops changing. For girls they may be candidates as early as 18 and boys may need to wait until they are 22 or 23. ...Read more
Sure: If you want to wear sometimes for fashion or protection. You will have to change the prescription. ...Read more
Likely reading glass:
If you are already wearing reading glasses or bifocals before lasik, you will likely still need glasses for near after.
Lasik typically corrects the distance vision permanently. After age 40, near vision still needs an additional reading glass correction.
There is an option to purposely undercorrect one eye (leaving it near sighted) to allow spectacle free vision - this is called monovision. ...Read more
It's not how bad...: ... But more how badly you want it. Laser vision correction surgery may be beneficial if you need to wear glasses or contact lenses most of the time. You do not have to wait until your vision gets to a specific level before entertaining having the procedure. The lowest prescription most doctors will treat is about 0.5 to0.75 diopters (less than most people usually wear glasses for). ...Read more
See below.: The fda has approved laser vision correction between 1 to 14 diopters for myopia (nearsightedness), and 1 to 6 diopters for hyperopia (farsightedness). Most surgeons are more conservative than these limits and find the best results for less than 9 diopters for myopia and less than 4 diopters for hyperopia. ...Read more
Possibly: Depends on what they are correcting. Ask yoru doctor. ...Read more
See laser surgeon: Multiple factors make you a good candidate for laser eye surgery... over 18 if you are nearsighted, 21 if you are farsighted or have astigmatism. Eyes of disease and vision correctable with glasses. Sould not have certain systemic diseases or be on certain medicines. Corneas should not be too step or too flat or to thin, etc. In short, you will need to see a laser eye surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
At least 18: In the United States, one must be at least 18 years of age, and have a stable prescription (no significant changes over the last 1-2 years) in order to qualify for lasik/prk. Additionally, the eye must be healthy, and capable of achieving a good visual result. See a qualified laser eye surgeon for an evaluation and discussion of your particular needs. ...Read more
Yes: 16 is below the age that most doctors would recommend doing laser eye surgery. At 16, your eyes and your prescription will likely continue to change for a while longer. Best to wait until you are older. ...Read more
I have astigmatism & im far sighted (l eye: -7.25 r eye: -7.50). Can I get laser eye surgery to correct it? I'm 16 & my eyesight gets worse every year
Not yet age stabilit: Myopia and astigmatism can be corrected with laser. Minimum approved age is 18. (Are you 16 or 22?) In addition to your prescription testing for stability, other very important tests and a dilated exam will be done by your ophthalmologist to see if you are a candidate then. There are other treatments that can correct your vision as well if your are not a good laser candidate. ...Read more
How old do you need to be to get laser eye surgery? Do you need to be a certain age? My eyes are still changing and my vision is getting worse, but I'm interested in getting corrective surgery. How long do I need to wait after getting glasses?
The: The food and drug administration (fda) has approved laser vision correction after age 21. Should should definitely wait until at least that age, although some people's eyes change until their mid to late 20's. Make sure your vision is stable before proceeding. Your ophthalmologist should see you 2 years in a row to make sure that things are stable before performing laser vision correction. But again, I would wait until at least age 21. ...Read more
Contraindications: Patients whose refraction is not stable, whose corneas are too thin or are irregular on topography, pregnant patients, patients with uncontrolled diabetes or glaucoma and patients on certain prescription medications such as amiodarone are not good candidates. Also, patients with other eye conditions such as cataract or macular degeneration should not have this surgery. Discuss with your eye md. ...Read more
What to do if I really want to get laser eye surgery, and I watched a video every time I go to the eye doctor. How old do you have to be to get the surgery?
Laser eye surgery: Lasik is fda approved to age 21, and most docs/locations will offer it to 18 year olds. I prefer to wait until someone is in their 20's to be more sure the refraction is stable and the cornea a fairly normal shape. There is no age limit, but as people approach age 60, cataracts may develop, and lasik should not be done first if cataract surgery is needed. ...Read more