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66 Frequently Asked Questions
 Condition or Circumstance
 Can the person have laser eye surgery at the London Vision Clinic?
 Younger than 18?
 No. All laser eye surgery patients must be at least 18 years old before treatment.
 Have amblyopia (lazy eye)?
 Yes. The aim of laser eye surgery is to achieve the same level of vision as you had with glasses before surgery. Having a lazy eye does not mean that you are unsuitable for laser eye surgery, and many patients with a lazy
eye have had very successful overall outcomes - i.e. the surgery achieved the same level of vision as with glasses before surgery, but can also improve the peripheral vision. If you have ever been told that you have a lazy eye (also known as amblyopia) you should mention this at your initial screening, so that your options can be discussed in detail with your optometrist.
 Have astigmatism?
 Yes. Laser eye surgery has been used to treat astigmatism since 1994.
 Have a cataract?
 Yes. Whilst laser eye surgery does not ‘cure’ a cataract, a mild cataract (which is not significantly affecting
the vision) should not prevent you from having laser eye surgery. Should the cataract worsen, you can still have successful cataract surgery after laser eye surgery (although you should be aware that cataract surgery after laser eye surgery is a specialist field, which
may limit your choice of surgeon for your cataract procedure). In cases of cataracts that are already affecting the vision, you would usually be recommended to have cataract surgery (lens replacement), combined with a laser ‘top-up’ procedure to fully focus the vision if required.
 Have a collagen vascular disease?
 Yes. You should indicate this when you are having an initial screening.
 Have a compromised immune system?
 Perhaps. We assess this on a case-by-case basis and will provide you with an answer at your initial screening.
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