Friday, July 1, 2011

LASIK after Contact Lens Infection

Question: I have pretty bad eyesight. My contact lens prescription -7.00 and -7.25 and I have scarring in my right eye from a contact lens infection. Are my eyes too bad LASIK surgery to correct to where I wouldn't need glasses?

Answer: LASIK Surgery can provide excellent results for a wide range of nearsighted correction including the higher end of "moderate myopia" that you have. You do have a significant amount of nearsightedness but it is well within the "sweet spot" of myopic corrections that LASIK is indicated for. However there are a number of other considerations. First your cornea's must be healthy and adequate in terms of their thickness and shape. The fact that you have scarring from a previous contact lens infection could, but not necessarily, pose a problem depending on the actual type of infection and the location and depth of the scar. Further, it would be important that you have a healthy, normal and sufficient tear film. Your best next step is to schedule a consultation with a top LASIK Surgeon in your area who can carefully examine your eyes and evaluate the corneal scarring and determine whether you are a good candidate and will get the results you are looking for.

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