Tuesday, June 7, 2011

LASIK after Retinal Detachment

Question: I had cataract surgery over two years ago.Then I had a retinal detachment and they put in a gas bag in it and it leaked out too soon so they put a silicon bag in it and it had to stay in for three months.When they took it out my vision went to 20/50. They're saying I have chronic dry eyes and I was wondering if LASIK could fix my problem.

Answer: Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK is used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism to help patients see more clearly at distance. It is not apparent from your description whether the decrease in your vision is due to a simple refractive error such as those mentioned, or due to the condition of the retina after your retinal detachment, or even some other issues from the multiple surgeries you have had. That said, if in fact you have chronic dry eyes that are not treatable, you would not be a suitable candidate for LASIK as it requires a normal quality and quantity of tears for a successful surgery.

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