Friday, March 18, 2011

LASIK Surgery & High Farsightedness

Question: I have worn glasses since I was two and contact lenses since I was six years old. I am 27 years old now and have a prescription of +6 diopters with astigmatism. I have been told different things by different doctors and don't want to go for a consultation just to be told I can't fix my eyes. My prescription has been stable at +6 for roughly 5 years. Do you have the right technology?

Answer: The simple answer as to whether there is LASIK technology to correct +6 is yes. The Wavelight Allegretto Wave® Excimer Laser has in fact received FDA approval and indication for treating this level of farsightedness. However, because of the degree of your farsightedness and the age at which you first started wearing glasses, your situation may be somewhat more complex than just finding a laser technology capable to treating your degree of correction. Highly farsighted children are sometimes amblyopic and have a "lazy eye" that does not fully correct even with eyeglasses or contacts. Highly farsighted patients sometimes have a corneal shape that is inappropriate for LASIK surgery.

Certainly as you noted, the stability of your prescription is an important factor in determining whether you are a good LASIK candidate. More importantly, highly hyperopic or farsighted patients such as yourself are often thrilled with the results of Lens Replacement Surgery and in the view of many Refractive Surgeons who also perform Lens Surgery, this is the procedure of choice when one has an understanding of the need to be less dependent of free of eyeglasses and contact.

However your current age may limit your suitability in the opinion of some eye surgeons. As you can see yours is a complex question that requires CAREFUL and THOROUGH consultation with someone who is a full scope Cataract and Refractive Surgeon, not only a LASIK Surgeon, to fully consider which if any options are appropriate and offer you the best risk to benefit ratio.

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