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Is there any point in lasik surgery for an amblyopic eye?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Fagman
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

In my opinion if a patient has amblyopia they should never be considered a candidate for lasik surgery.
In amblyopia the patient has one eye that is generally has decreased vision which is not correctable by glasses or contact lenses. If a complication occurred to the good eye from surgery the vision could be permanently impaired in the good eye.

In brief: No

In my opinion if a patient has amblyopia they should never be considered a candidate for lasik surgery.
In amblyopia the patient has one eye that is generally has decreased vision which is not correctable by glasses or contact lenses. If a complication occurred to the good eye from surgery the vision could be permanently impaired in the good eye.
Dr. William Fagman
Dr. William Fagman
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Lasik can eliminate the prescription but will not correct the underlying visual deficit due to amblyopia.

In brief: Maybe

Lasik can eliminate the prescription but will not correct the underlying visual deficit due to amblyopia.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Federico Mattioli
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Federico Mattioli
Dr. Federico Mattioli
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