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Frequently Asked Questions
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 Condition or Circumstance
 Can the person have laser eye surgery at the London Vision Clinic?
 Have a connective tissue disorder (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis)?
 Perhaps. These conditions can be associated with
altered healing responses by the body and therefore present a slightly higher risk of complications after laser treatment. However, if the connective tissue disorder is controlled, it is likely that you will be suitable. We assess this on a case-by-case basis and will provide you with an answer at your initial screening.
 Have had a detached retina?
 Yes. However, it depends on the severity of your condition. Laser eye surgery does not treat a detached retina itself.
 Have dry eyes?
 Probably. Your suitability for laser eye surgery will depend on the cause and severity of the dry eye,
and it is likely that you would be recommended for SMILE rather than LASIK surgery (or occasionally for a surface procedure, if the dry eye is especially severe). To ensure optimum safety, serious dry eye conditions are sometimes monitored for several months (or even years) before surgery.
 Have epilepsy?
 Yes.
 Have glaucoma?
 Yes. Laser refractive surgery is not a treatment for glaucoma, but your surgeon will work in conjunction with your glaucoma specialist to ensure that your glaucoma management is not affected by your laser eye surgery.
 Have hepatitis C?
 Yes. You should indicate this when you have your initial screening.
 Have HIV?
 Yes. You should indicate this when you have your initial screening.
 Have (or have ever had) herpes infection of the eye?
 Only if there has not been a reoccurrence of the infection for at least 12 months prior to having the procedure.
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