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Is it safe for person with glaucoma to have lasik for vision correction?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Some caveats, glaucoma disease should already be controlled and not severe enough to have limited visual acuity.
Once the cornea is thinned, then it is more difficult to estimate the true pressure inside the eye to monitor for disease progression. Also flap microkeratomes increase eye pressure temporarily while making the cut so intralase laser might be a better way to create the flap.

In brief: Yes
Some caveats, glaucoma disease should already be controlled and not severe enough to have limited visual acuity.
Once the cornea is thinned, then it is more difficult to estimate the true pressure inside the eye to monitor for disease progression. Also flap microkeratomes increase eye pressure temporarily while making the cut so intralase laser might be a better way to create the flap.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. Bud Kurwa
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
As long the pressure is under good control with eye drops and there is no progression of the glaucoma.

In brief: Yes
As long the pressure is under good control with eye drops and there is no progression of the glaucoma.
Dr. Bud Kurwa
Dr. Bud Kurwa
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
In brief: Yes
Yes. As long as your glaucoma is mild and controlled.

In brief: Yes
Yes. As long as your glaucoma is mild and controlled.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Federico Mattioli
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
In brief: Consider prk
Possible depends on level, and you understand the possible side effects.
In lasik, pressure on the eye of a compromised optic nerve must be considered. This pressure is very short in duration, but consider prk which does not apply any significant pressure to the eye. Also, nearsightedness laser treatments change the central corneal thickness, which can alter your glaucoma readings at check ups.

In brief: Consider prk
Possible depends on level, and you understand the possible side effects.
In lasik, pressure on the eye of a compromised optic nerve must be considered. This pressure is very short in duration, but consider prk which does not apply any significant pressure to the eye. Also, nearsightedness laser treatments change the central corneal thickness, which can alter your glaucoma readings at check ups.
Dr. Federico Mattioli
Dr. Federico Mattioli
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