Glaucoma & LASIK Eligibility: What You Need to Know

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Glaucoma and LASIK are two terms that often emerge in the world of ophthalmology, each carrying its weight of significance. Many patients who suffer from glaucoma wonder whether they are eligible for LASIK surgery, a popular procedure to correct vision. Here, at San Antonio Eye Specialists, we're breaking down the complex relationship between glaucoma and LASIK eligibility.

What is Glaucoma?

Before diving into the nitty-gritty, let's explain glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that lead to optic nerve damage, often caused by increased pressure inside the eye. It can lead to vision loss if not managed or treated by an eye specialist like an ophthalmologist.

What is LASIK?

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a widely successful refractive procedure enjoyed by millions of people worldwide.  LASIK  reshapes the cornea, helping to correct visual deviations such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

The Intersection of Glaucoma and LASIK

Glaucoma and LASIK, individually, are prominent topics in ophthalmology, each with its distinct considerations. But when they overlap, the medical landscape becomes rich with nuance and detail. Delving into this overlap presents both challenges and opportunities for eye care professionals and patients alike.

  • Eye Pressure Measurements: LASIK involves the creation of a corneal flap. This procedure can sometimes affect the measurements of intraocular pressure, which is crucial in glaucoma management. Inaccurate readings can lead to under-treatment or mismanagement of glaucoma.
  • Corneal Thickness: People with glaucoma often have thinner corneas. Since LASIK involves removing some corneal tissue, it may not be advisable for some glaucoma patients as they might not have enough residual corneal thickness post-surgically.
  • Medications & Healing: Some medications used to manage glaucoma can affect the healing process post-LASIK. This could potentially complicate recovery.

Can Someone With Glaucoma Have LASIK?

Unfortunately, the answer isn't a simple "yes" or "no." While having glaucoma doesn't automatically disqualify someone from undergoing LASIK, it does introduce complexities that need careful consideration.

  • Early-stage Glaucoma: If glaucoma is in its early stages and well-controlled, a patient might still be a candidate for LASIK, albeit with rigorous pre-operative evaluations.
  • Advanced Glaucoma: Those with advanced glaucoma might face more challenges. Given the inherent risks, other refractive procedures or vision correction alternatives might be more suitable.
  • Regular Monitoring: If a glaucoma patient does undergo LASIK, close post-operative monitoring is essential to ensure glaucoma remains managed, and the eye heals as expected.

Trust San Antonio Eye Specialists On The Journey To Improved Vision

Every individual's eyes are unique and no two eyes are identical. At San Antonio Eye Specialists, our priority is to provide knowledgeable, personalized,  treatment options. If you have glaucoma and are considering LASIK or any other refractive eye procedure, we strongly recommend a thorough eye examination with our experienced team of ophthalmologists. Honest, experienced guidance through every step is provided ensuring the best possible outcomes for your vision and overall eye health.

Schedule an appointment with San Antonio Eye Specialists today, and let's explore the best vision solutions tailored for you. For your eyes… don’t compromise! 

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