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.

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Can I Have Laser Eye Surgery If I Have Keratoconus? [video]

  1. zakia 24/08/2016 at 22:09

    I have mild keratoconus in my left eye. can I have laser treatment on this eye.

    • Bethany Kingsley 25/08/2016 at 17:47

      Hi Zakia,

      Thank you for your comment. We would need to assess your eyes and determine your suitability before advising whether Laser Eye Surgery would be effective or safe. It is not usually advisable to perform Laser Eye Surgery on patients with Keratoconus but we do offer the crosslinking procedure to stabilise the eye. Please feel free to call the clinic on 0207 224 1005 to get some more information about your eyes specifically.


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      • Noman Zahid 29/03/2018 at 17:30

        Sir, I have keratoconus disease. Doctor told me that there is a advance laser than CXL. Which will cover this disease. Is there any advance laser then CXL?

        • Chloe Lay 04/05/2018 at 09:05

          Hi Noman, Corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus can sometimes be combined with a very small amount of laser eye surgery.
          You would need to contact us for further information about what could be done on 020 7224 1005. Thanks, London Vision Clinic

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