Can I Have Laser Eye Surgery If I Have Thin Corneas?

The principle behind Laser Eye Surgery is that we use the laser to reshape the cornea to better reflect the light entering the eye. The process of reshaping the cornea is one where it involves removal of some of the corneal tissue to achieve a different shape suiting the patient’s reflection. Patients with thin corneas may not have sufficient corneal tissue to require the full amount of shaping, which we need to change the refraction and achieve the optimal results. So, at an initial screening, we can determine how much the vision can be corrected based on the thickness of the patient’s cornea.

Suitability Explained Further…

If a clinic turns you down for Laser Eye Surgery due to corneal thickness, it is worth having a complete preoperative assessment with us, including a VHFU examination with the Artemis, to rule out keratoconus. If you have thin corneas, but do not have keratoconus, will likely recommend a surface procedure (PRK / LASEK).


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