Question: Can LASIK Surgery be performed when someone has had RK surgery previously? My RK was done around 1994 and I'm right back where I started.
Answer: In most instances it is possible to have LASIK Surgery or other type of Laser Eye Surgery after RK if you meet the basic candidacy requirements in terms of eye health, overall health, motivation and expectations. For someone who has had previous RK there will need to be a careful and thorough evaluation of the cornea in terms of integrity, stability and possibly scarring as well as its shape and optical aberrations. Sometimes, depending on the number, position and the depth of the incisions of the previous RK, LASIK surgeons prefer to perform PRK rather than LASIK. The results are essentially the same for each type of Laser Eye Surgery for correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. You should choose a top LASIK surgeon and arrange a consultation where all necessary measurements can be taken and evaluated. A careful examination must be done in order to be sure that the reason your vision has regressed is solely due to the lack of stability of the RK procedure. This will be the first step in your consultation in order to best guide you on the most effective choices you might have.
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