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What Eye Conditions Might Make One Unsuitable For Laser Eye Surgery?

Mr Glenn Carp – “Probably 99% of people are candidates for the treatment nowadays with modern technology.  The main eye conditions that we are looking for preoperatively before we do the surgery procedure is to make sure that people have sufficient corneal tissue for the treatment, although that is not a contraindication itself, it is just to see if the full prescription can be treated, but more importantly to make sure there are no weak spots within the cornea.  Genetic eye conditions like keratoconus for example whereby patients have an inherent weak spot within the cornea, these weakened areas can be exacerbated through having had Laser Eye Surgery and that is why there is such a rigorous screening process before the treatment to exclude these eye conditions.  Other eye conditions such as preoperative dry eye, excessive dry eye if that can be optimised before the surgery may also make people unsuitable and of course if people have inflammatory conditions, which are not controlled.  There are other situations, thankfully quite rare, whereby people may not be suitable for these treatments.”

Eye Conditions Making One Unsuitable For Laser Eye Surgery Explained Further…

Our laser eye surgeons are equipped to undertake some of the toughest Laser Eye Surgery cases, however, there are still some people that they cannot treat.

Obviously, this can come as a disappointment to some patients who are extremely motivated to have their vision corrected.

Fortunately, for some, certain eye conditions are only a temporary barrier, and with our help, some of these patients do eventually qualify. The website contains a list of potentially disqualifying eye conditions that you can read about if you have any doubts as to your suitability. If you find that you have any of these conditions, you will want to tell your Patient Care Coordinator at your first phone call.

Mr Glenn Carp talks about conditions which might make one unsuitable for Laser Eye Surgery.

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  5. Wendy White 30/12/2012 at 14:00

    Hello there,

    I have been recommended laser eye surgery by my sister and by a friend. I have just requested some information from you. I do have Dry eye syndrome. Is is still worth coming to see you? I don’t know to what extent my eyes are dry. Some days they water a lot, others they seem fine. I spray with Optrex Optimist and that helps.

    Any advice?

    • London Vision Clinic 18/01/2013 at 17:33

      Hi Wendy,
      Yes, you should definitely come see us. Our Initial Consultation is complimentary and not only will we be able to ascertain your suitability, our optometrists will be able to advise you on your dry eye symptoms as well. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you need any more information prior to scheduling an appointment for you.

  6. Stewart 18/08/2013 at 21:49

    I have a high degree of astigmatism (-7.5 and -5.5). Is there anything you guys can do for me as I was told by other clinics I was unsuitable for laser eye surgery.


    • London Vision Clinic 20/08/2013 at 12:38

      Hi Stewart. Based on this information alone, it is likely that – depending on your corneal thickness and curvature – we could reduce your astigmatism, but not elimate it completely. However, as with any patient, we would need to see you in person and thoroughly examine your eyes in order to make an accurate assessment of your suitability, and give you a clearer picture of what you might be able to expect from laser eye surgery. If you have any further questions, or would be interesed in making an initial appointment, please give us a call on 0207 224 1005, and one of our Patient Care Coordinators will be happy to help.

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