When to Back Away from LASIK
There are some things that as an adult you may still say no to— those anchovies on your pizza, that liver staring at you from the kitchen table, and maybe even boiled Brussel sprouts. And although all of those are worth saying no to even as an adult, there are some other things— like LASIK eye surgery— that you may not know when or if you should say no to. Here are a few scenarios in which we will recommend another vision route.
You Have An Autoimmune Disease
If you have an autoimmune disease like lupus, then you may want to back away from the thought of getting Lasik eye surgery. Although Lasik eye surgery is a fast, easy, and effective way at restoring most people’s vision, if you have an autoimmune disease, it may put you at a higher risk of eye complications like dry corneas, corneal ulcers, corneal melts, corneal thinning, keratitis, scleritis, and more.
You Have Glaucoma
Another reason why we may recommend that you take a different route than LASIK eye surgery is if you have glaucoma. Although LASIK is safe for most patients, we do use a suction device when we are making an incision to create the corneal flap which can increase your intraocular pressure— a no-no to anyone who has glaucoma.
You Have keratoconus or Have a Family History of It
If you have keratoconus (a condition that can result in progressive deterioration of your vision and thin of your cornea— or if you have a family history of this eye disease, then we may encourage you to refrain from getting LASIK or any other eye related surgery.
During your initial Lasik consultation with Papale Eye Center, we will go over your medical history, family history, and any eye related issues that you currently have to help us determine if you are a good candidate for Lasik or not. If you are ready to take the next step in learning more about Lasik, schedule your consultation at our Springfield office today: (413) 782-0030.