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68 Frequently Asked Questions
 Condition or Circumstance
 Can the person have laser eye surgery at the London Vision Clinic?
 Have diabetes?
 Yes, if the diabetes is controlled and you don’t have any signs of active diabetic retinopathy. To be sure, you’ll need to be examined for this at your initial screening. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes are not suitable for laser eye surgery.
 Have (or have ever had) had iritis?
 Only if there has not been a reoccurrence of the condition for at least 12 months prior to having the procedure.
 Have keloid scarring?
 Yes.
 Have keratoconus?
 No. Keratoconus is a progressive disease that results
in the thinning of the cornea. Therefore, removing corneal tissue with laser treatment is inadvisable as
it will further destabilise the shape of the cornea. However, London Vision Clinic can successfully
stabilise keratoconus - or protect patients from further progression - through a treatment called Cross Linking. If you have ever been told that you may have keratoconus, please mention this as early as possible so that we can conduct the necessary investigations and direct you to the right treatment pathway.
 Have large pupils?
 Yes. With our custom programmed treatments, we have successfully treated patients with very large pupils without inducing night vision disturbances.
 Have macular degeneration?
 Yes. However, it should be noted that laser eye surgery does not treat macular degeneration itself. If your central vision is significantly reduced as a result of macular degeneration, laser eye surgery may provide little improvement to your uncorrected central vision (although it is likely to improve your uncorrected peripheral vision).
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