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Are Multiple Corrective Eye Surgeries An Option?

Some of the most com­mon eye surg­eries most peo­ple end up hav­ing in their life­time is LASIK and cataract surgery. Although, most peo­ple want to know if they can have both of these surg­eries, or just one. The sim­ple answer is yes, you can have surg­eries for both LASIK and cataracts. How­ev­er, there are a few things you should know before you go down either one of these routes.

CATARACT SURGERY AFTER LASIK

If you’ve had LASIK surgery to help cor­rect your vision, you might now be notic­ing how your eye­sight could be going in the oppo­site direc­tion you were hop­ing for. This doesn’t mean your LASIK surgery wasn’t a suc­cess, it could mean that you’re devel­op­ing cataracts. Many eye pro­ce­dures have the risk of this devel­op­ment, as well as the sim­ple fact you might be approach­ing the age where cataracts are com­mon for devel­op­ment.

If you’re notic­ing this, or have been diag­nosed with cataracts, you might be con­sid­er­ing cor­rec­tive cataract surgery. When you meet with your doc­tor who will poten­tial­ly per­form your surgery, be sure that you bring copies of your med­ical records regard­ing you pre­vi­ous LASIK surgery. They need to be aware of all that was pre­vi­ous­ly done, this way they can iden­ti­fy what cor­rec­tive pro­ce­dure is the right choice for you at this time.

Again, with any pro­ce­dure, you need to make sure your sur­geon goes over all the poten­tial risks of the surgery with you, this way you’re aware of pos­si­ble out­comes.

LASIK AFTER CATARACT SURGERY

Many peo­ple, after hav­ing cataract surgery, might look at LASIK as an option to help bring their vision to an even bet­ter lev­el. This is some­thing that is not as uncom­mon as some might think it is. LASIK surgery can be per­formed after pre­vi­ous­ly hav­ing cataract surgery, but you should wait any­where from 3–6 months before you head down this new path.

Again, you will want to sup­ply your sur­geon with all med­ical records that per­tain to the pre­vi­ous pro­ce­dure. This will help pre­vent any poten­tial com­pli­ca­tions from occur­ring. Your sur­geon should inform you if there was any exten­sive vision loss as a result of the cataracts them­selves, they most like­ly can’t reverse that with the use of LASIK. But the undam­aged areas will be vast­ly improved.

If you’re want­i­ng to find out if you’re a can­di­date for either of these pro­ce­dures, con­tact your opthamol­o­gist, and they will be able to refer you to the prop­er facil­i­ties for either pro­ce­dure.

March 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Are Multiple Corrective Eye Surgeries An Option?

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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