Do I have to stop any medication prior to Laser Eye Surgery?
Along with lint, alcohol, and makeup, prescription medication can interfere with Laser Eye Surgery.
Don’t worry too much, though; whereas all the other examples above need to be completely absent on the day of Laser Eye Surgery – including a sip of Dutch courage, a dash of Chanel perfume, or your favourite wool sweater – there are only a handful of medications that you need to avoid.
However, this is where it gets a little tricky. As certain drugs can increase the risks associated with Laser Eye Surgery, for example by exacerbating dry eye or causing additional corneal oedema, they may need to be 100 percent clear from your system prior to surgery.
It’s a good idea to talk with your GP or ophthalmologist first to assess your general health history and any medications you are taking or have taken in the past. That way you’ll be in the best position to approach a Laser Eye Surgery clinic and find out if you’re suitable for surgery.
A thorough screening with an expert laser eye surgeon is the only way to know for sure if you are indeed a candidate for surgery. But as some medications make it more likely that complications will occur, you can get an idea where your chances lay by reviewing the list of common contraindications below:
General health and autoimmune disease
It’s a must that candidates for Laser Eye Surgery are in good all round health. Autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, collagen vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus may pose a problem, especially if uncontrolled. Any medication taken for such diseases can also be an issue as they compromise the immune response.
A history of dry eye
Being susceptible to dry eye can be an issue. If you’ve had problems with dry eye in the past, for instance when wearing contact lenses or taking particular medications, talk to your eye doctor about how it could impact Laser Eye Surgery.
If you have any eye-related injury or condition, such as glaucoma, cataracts, herpes infections of the eye, disorders of the cornea, or retinal disease, you may be ineligible for surgery. Every case is different, and so you should arrange a consultation with a laser eye surgeon experienced in your area of concern.
Prescription drugs that suppress the immune system, affect vision, or interrupt wound healing.
There are certain prescription medications like isotretinoin, steroids, and retinoic acid, that can interfere with Laser Eye Surgery.
If you’re all too familiar with one of the conditions or medications mentioned above, don’t rule out Laser Eye Surgery just yet. Here at London Vision Clinic, we’re able to treat 98 percent of patients that contact us. The fact is if you speak to a clinic with world-class surgeons and access to the most cutting-edge technology, you chances of being suitable for surgery increase significantly.
If you’d like to book a consultation with us, or find out more about your suitability for Laser Eye Surgery, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.