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How does taking anti-inflammatory steroid medication affect the outcome of vision correction surgery? My rheumatoid arthritis requires me to take steroid medication to keep it under control. I would like to have vision correction surgery for advanced myop

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Dr. Charles Flowers
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unfortunately,

Unfortunately, rheumatoid arthritis is an absolute contraindication for laser vision correction.
In fact, anyone with an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis is not considered a candidate for laser vision correction at this time. If you are considering vision corrective surgery, your best option would be a refractive lens exchange given your condition, but you would need to be evaluated by an eye surgeon to establish your candidacy for this procedure.

In brief: Unfortunately,

Unfortunately, rheumatoid arthritis is an absolute contraindication for laser vision correction.
In fact, anyone with an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis is not considered a candidate for laser vision correction at this time. If you are considering vision corrective surgery, your best option would be a refractive lens exchange given your condition, but you would need to be evaluated by an eye surgeon to establish your candidacy for this procedure.
Dr. Charles Flowers
Dr. Charles Flowers
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Dr. John Kim
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Rheumatoid

Rheumatoid arthritis use to be considered absolute contraindication to lasik or prk.
Now, we have learned that it can be safe so it is considered relative contrindication. This means that your surgeon will have to evaluate your eye and see if you qualify for surgery. After the surgery, you will be placed on steroid eye drops for several weeks. Therefore, if you do qualify for surgery you do not need to stop your steroid medications for arthritis.

In brief: Rheumatoid

Rheumatoid arthritis use to be considered absolute contraindication to lasik or prk.
Now, we have learned that it can be safe so it is considered relative contrindication. This means that your surgeon will have to evaluate your eye and see if you qualify for surgery. After the surgery, you will be placed on steroid eye drops for several weeks. Therefore, if you do qualify for surgery you do not need to stop your steroid medications for arthritis.
Dr. John Kim
Dr. John Kim
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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology

In brief: If

If you eyes are thought to be healthy enough to have lasik (some with RA are not good candidate), the steroids you take will most like help in the healing process and you will also be put on topical steroid medication.

In brief: If

If you eyes are thought to be healthy enough to have lasik (some with RA are not good candidate), the steroids you take will most like help in the healing process and you will also be put on topical steroid medication.
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
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