Can I Have Laser Eye Surgery If I Have A Detached Retina?

The retina is a structure at the back of the eye. When the light is focused by the cornea and the lens in the centre of the eye, it is focused to reach the retina at the back of the eye. If the retina is detached, it is now sitting in an incorrect position to absorb the light and the ability to absorb light may also be depressed. Patients who have a form of retinal detachment are advised to seek an opinion from a retinal expert in order to have their retinal detachment addressed first and should that be successful, they may then become candidates for Laser Eye Surgery.

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Yes, although it depends on the severity of your condition. Laser Eye Surgery does not treat a detached retina.


Glenn Carp explains retinal detachment as an inability to absorb light. He advices it should be addressed first before being candidate for Laser Eye Surgery.

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