Monday, July 4, 2011

LASIK with Glaucoma History in Family

Question: I am 26 years old and require a nearsighted correction of -4.00 D in both eyes. My mother and grandmother both have Glaucoma and use eye drops. Am I eligible to have LASIK Eye Surgery for the correction of myopia?

Answer: To be a good candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery requires more than just a certain degree of correction. Good LASIK candidates have an appropriate corneal shape and thickness, healthy and sufficient tear film, generally health eyes, stable prescriptions, do not have any systemic illnesses that might impact healing and the results, are not taking medication that might impact healing and tear film integrity and most importantly have realistic expectations. The fact that you have a strong family history of Glaucoma means that you must be carefully watched for Glaucoma, however if you do not currently have a diagnosis of Glaucoma this should not preclude you from having LASIK. You should seek consultation with the best LASIK Surgeon in your area and be sure to advise them of the family history of Glaucoma.

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