Can I Have Laser Eye Surgery If I Have Keratoconus?
Here at the London Vision Clinic, we wouldn’t advise patients with keratoconus to have Laser Eye Surgery, but we can stabilise the condition. Keratoconus is a genetic condition where a patient has an inherent weakness within the stromal layer of the cornea. The stroma makes up 90% of the thickness of the cornea and it stands to reason that if we are using a laser to thin the cornea in order to reshape it, we may take a cornea that is relatively stable and make it unstable, in which case the patient will be back in glasses or perhaps even with a higher prescription within a year.
Suitability Explained Further…
Keratoconus leads to thinning of the cornea; therefore removing further corneal tissue with laser treatment is inadvisable. However, London Vision Clinic can successfully stabilise the keratoconus or protect those from further progress due to trauma to the eye, through Cross-Linking treatment.
Mr Carp explains how keratoconus contrary indication to Laser Eye Surgery.