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Who Can Have Laser Eye Surgery
Yes: Always possible. Even without laser surgical complications, vision can still worsen after laser eye surgery. For example, you can experience myopic regression or a small change in prescription. You can have natural age-related cataract formation, presbyopia, or other reasons to develop worsening vision. It's a matter of when and how fast. ...Read more
If you have laser eye surgery, then after you have kids will your eye sight change and worsen again?
Is it a bad idea to have laser eye surgery at such a young age at 16? My vision gets worse every year and i don't want to wait until i'm in my mid 20s
LASIK young: I would wait until after age 20, though you could do it earlier. If your vision is indeed worsening every year, than your prescription is not stable. Your correction would be a moving target and you may need to go through the surgery again not too many years afterward. Also, younger folks are at more risk of getting ectasia (corneal warpage) even withouth the surgery. Long life--better to wait. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
LASIK enhancement: No, that isn't true. Is this doctor an optometrist or an md/surgeon? You can potentially get an enhancement if needed later on. The eye would need to be well healed, the refraction stable, sufficient corneal bed remaining, and the rest of the exam otherwise normal and healthy. But it is expected that a few percent of patients may need an enhancement as they may heal too under/overcorrected. ...Read more
If I have lupus, am i still a good candidate for laser eye surgery? I was recently diagnosed with lupus. Before i was diagnosed, i was planning to have laser eye surgery. Will my eye doctor still do the procedure even though I have this?
Yes: 21 is an acceptable age to have laser eye surgery, so long as your eye glass or contact lens prescription has remained stable. You need a pre-operative evaluation by an experienced refractive surgeon to make sure your eyes meet the standards to make you a good candidate. Most lasik surgeons do not charge for the initial examination. ...Read more
Maybe: I assume you are referring to Laser vision correction or LASIK. There are many other kinds of eye laser. If you have uncorrected nearsightedness and/or astigmatism and are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses then usually LVC can decrease or eliminate your need for these appliances in safe and effective manner. Everything depends on your surgeon and his or her experience and judgement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends on a problem: It depends on what your eye problem is. If it is myopia, then lasik may be considered, if it's retinal detachment, then photocoagulation is the way to go. If it's glaucoma, it would be something else. I'd get referred to ophthalmologist for the final answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on goal: Laser may be used to change the refractive power of the eye (lasik or prk), treat glaucoma (alt) , treat angle closure glaucoma (peripheral iridotomy), treat aberrant blood vessels in the back of the eye (prpc, focal laser treatment), or tumors of the back of the eye. What happens after is improvement in the treated condition, and sometimes a cure. ...Read more
There are multiple: different lasers and dozens of procedures that are performed using these lasers. How it works really depends on which procedure you are interested in knowing about. LASIK and PRK change the shape of your cornea to allow the eye to focus the light better. Sometimes the cornea is too strong or too weak, and the laser helps us fix that. Hope that helps. ...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
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