No. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause changes in the shape of the cornea, just as they allow ligaments in the body to relax, resulting in fluctuating vision before or after lasik. Dry eye also is more common during pregnancy and this has been associated with regression of the laser effect. Many doctors give valium preop and steroids drops postop, which may not be optimal during pregnancy.
No. Lasik is "safe" from the perspective of risks of harm to the mother or fetus but, "will the procedure be effective"? Pregnancy is associated with visual accuity changes related to fluid retention and corneal edema. Elective vision correction surgery is best done in a baseline non-pregnant condition to achieve long term good results. More than "what meets the eye" must be considered here.
Not recommended. I agree with dr. Pepose. I would not recommend it during pregnancy for any member of my family.
Yes. Its safe, but i don't think any opthalmologist would do it.
No. would recommend you wait until after your pregnancy is completed.
Maybe. It is technically safe to have lasik during pregnancy, however I do not recommend it as a general rule. Many changes happen during pregnancy and occasionally your prescription can change. This would give you a suboptimal result. Also, consider that prk(a procedure similar to lasik) often uses Mitomycin c which is known to cause birth defects. This should be completely avoided. Just wait 9 months. Read more...
Is it safe for a nursing baby and reasonable for the mother to get lasik eye surgery if she has had no change in her eye prescription from pregnancy?
Should not be a pbm. The procedure and eyedrops, etc. Involved in the lasik procedure should not affect the breast milk production or baby in any way. Whether it is reasonable to get the procedure is a question for your pocket book & your specific situation.Your doc can provide the pros & cons & you come up with a decision based on the information you have. Read more...