If you are determined to undergo Lasik or any other refractive surgery, know the contraindications. If you have the following conditions, issues or situations, do not get involved with refractive eye surgery:
- 1. Large pupils (greater than 5.0 mm)
- 2. If you have been or are experiencing flashes of light or floaters, stay away.
- 3. If you have dry eyes or are taking medications that can cause dry eyes, stay away. The list of medications that can cause dry eyes is extremely large. The medications include drugs used in the treatment of sleeping disorders, allergies, emotions disorders and so on.
- 4. If you diabetic, you will have an increased risk of corneal complications following LASIK.
- 5. Active Atopy: Patients suffering from chronic skin conditions such as eczema, hay fever and allergic conjunctivitis should avoid LASIK.
- 6. Patients taking tricyclics or lithium based medications should avoid all forms of refractive eye surgery including LASIK.
- 7. Patients suffering from Epilepsy or seizures.
- 8. Patients suffering from auto-immune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, or thyroid disease should avoid all forms of refractive eye surgery including LASIK.
- 9. If you are pregnant or lactating, there may be an altered wound healing response following LASIK.
- 10. If you are taking systemic steroids there is a higher risk for developing infections following LASIK.
A few points to consider prior to LASIK
- 1. Read the informed consent form at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
- 2. Make sure that you speak with the operating surgeon at least 24 hours prior to your surgery. Ask lots of questions. The only “stupid” question is the question not asked.
- 3. Remember that LASIK and all other forms of refractive eye surgery are not reversible. If after a short period of healing ( about 3 months) if you should experience blurred or distorted vision, do not involved with additional surgeries known as “enhancements”. The risk of additional unanticipated events is greater with each additional surgery.
- 4. One final bit of information: If you can see clearly and comfortably with eyeglasses or contact lenses, do not get involved with LASIK. If you are having difficulties with your contact lenses because of dryness issues, LASIK will make this worse. There are a great variety of soft and rigid contact and scleral lens designs that can successfully address your dryness issues.