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I have optic neuritis from ms. Can i still get lasik?

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Dr. Federico Mattioli
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Check other options

Technically possible, but there are other options that may have less adverse effect on the already compromised optic nerve (where the neuritis caused inflammation).
Other surgical options may include prk and lens implants.

In brief: Check other options

Technically possible, but there are other options that may have less adverse effect on the already compromised optic nerve (where the neuritis caused inflammation).
Other surgical options may include prk and lens implants.
Dr. Federico Mattioli
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Most likely

If you have a significant prescription and want to decrease your spectacle dependence, then lasik can be considered.
Optic neuritis due to ms does not disqualify you but any deficits due to prior episodes (such as decreased best corrected vision, visual field defects, decreased contrast sensitivity, color perception abnormalities) will still be present after surgery.

In brief: Most likely

If you have a significant prescription and want to decrease your spectacle dependence, then lasik can be considered.
Optic neuritis due to ms does not disqualify you but any deficits due to prior episodes (such as decreased best corrected vision, visual field defects, decreased contrast sensitivity, color perception abnormalities) will still be present after surgery.
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Tim Conrad
If you have Lasik, your vision will be similar to what you currently see with your glasses. As Dr. Bradley stated, Lasik will not improve any loss of vision you have from the optic nerve damage.

In brief: Sure you can, but

Have the optic neuritis fully treated and controlled, and make sure that you have been finished with any steroid medication used to treat the optic neuritis for at least 4-6 weeks.

In brief: Sure you can, but

Have the optic neuritis fully treated and controlled, and make sure that you have been finished with any steroid medication used to treat the optic neuritis for at least 4-6 weeks.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology

In brief: Maybe

Not all optic neuritis is the same even with ms.
A lot has to do with the extent of the damage and number of episodes. Any type of refractive surgery or intraocular surgery can have increased risks of further damage with prior inflammation. I would consider all of these risks before pursuing elective surgery.

In brief: Maybe

Not all optic neuritis is the same even with ms.
A lot has to do with the extent of the damage and number of episodes. Any type of refractive surgery or intraocular surgery can have increased risks of further damage with prior inflammation. I would consider all of these risks before pursuing elective surgery.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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