Friday, September 9, 2011

LASIK with Retinal Hole Problem

Question: I am interested in LASIK but I may have a retinal problem. Three years ago my eye doctor found a hole in my retina in my left eye. I have not had any problems with floaters, flashes of light or anything like that. The hole has also not changed in the three years since it has been discovered. Would I be a possible candidate for LASIK eye surgery?

Answer: Depending on the characteristics of the retinal hole and its stability you may or may not be a candidate for LASIK. If the hole is due to thinning from an elongated eye and is well attached at its margins without any associated tears or areas of "traction", it is very possible that you would be cleared to have LASIK. If the hole looks unstable in any way and might lead to a further tear or retinal detachment you would be excluded from having LASIK. The most appropriate next step is for you to find the best LASIK Surgeon in your area and schedule an examination and consultation. From the examination the LASIK Surgeon will be able to determine whether you are a suitable candidate. If there is any question about the integrity and stability of your retina, he or she will refer you to a retinal specialist to help determine any risk.

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