9 doctors weighed in:
Does lasik help people with optic atrophy?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Lasik is done on the front part of the eye called the cornea, optic atrophy is a problem with the optic nerve.
These are two completely separate areas in the eye. It would be like trying to fix a twisted ankle by putting a cast on your arm.

In brief: No
Lasik is done on the front part of the eye called the cornea, optic atrophy is a problem with the optic nerve.
These are two completely separate areas in the eye. It would be like trying to fix a twisted ankle by putting a cast on your arm.
Dr. John Odette
Dr. John Odette
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Dr. Mark Sibley
Lasik does not treat or improve eye problems except treating the glasses prescription (near or far sight, astigmatism) & this treatment helps in reducing/eliminating thick glasses or contacts .Now here is where a ''yes'' answer could be a possible answer.If the new clearer vision from the lasik allows the eye with the optic atrophy to see the image clearer than before, then Lasik would have helped
Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
If you have a significant glasses prescription, lasik could maximize your uncorrected vision by eliminating it.
It will not improve the underlying optic atrophy though.

In brief: Possibly
If you have a significant glasses prescription, lasik could maximize your uncorrected vision by eliminating it.
It will not improve the underlying optic atrophy though.
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Mark Sibley
Dr.Bradley is correct...Ask your optic atrophy doctor to talk to your potential lasik doctor...
Dr. Asim Piracha
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No.
Lasik does not help optic atrophy.
The goal of lasik is to correct any refractive error (i.e. Glasses or contacts), but the procedure does not correct medical issues of the eye (i.e. Cataracts, macular degeneration, or glaucoma).

In brief: No.
Lasik does not help optic atrophy.
The goal of lasik is to correct any refractive error (i.e. Glasses or contacts), but the procedure does not correct medical issues of the eye (i.e. Cataracts, macular degeneration, or glaucoma).
Dr. Asim Piracha
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Dr. Federico Mattioli
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
In brief: No
Lasik will not help people with optic atrophy.
The nerve has for some reason suffered an injury and as such may not process light input/vision in a normal way. Lasik functions to focus light in the proper spot but not to address any type of optic nerve injury.

In brief: No
Lasik will not help people with optic atrophy.
The nerve has for some reason suffered an injury and as such may not process light input/vision in a normal way. Lasik functions to focus light in the proper spot but not to address any type of optic nerve injury.
Dr. Federico Mattioli
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Dr. Mark Sibley
This answer is correct....with regards to lasik not changing the nerve ... But if your Lasik results gives you better vision 24/7 without glasses then the vision may be improved for your visual demands and lifestyle , even with the nerve damage.
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