Wednesday, February 5, 2014

LASIK with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Question: Can someone diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome have LASIK surgery?  I have a tough time reading and have astigmatism.

Answer: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is an inherited connective tissue disorder that is caused by a defect in the structure, production, or processing of collagen or proteins that interact with collagen. Typically patients with EDS can have many corneal problems due to biomechanical weakness from a thin cornea and defective collagen. Even if there appears to be a regular eye surface topography, in general all types of EDS remain a contraindication to laser refractive surgery such as LASIK. To find out for certain if LASIK in your case is possible you should schedule a consultation with a LASIK surgeon who is a corneal specialist.

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