What Eye Conditions Can LASIK Treat?

7 January 2016
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LASIK surgery is a popular eye surgery that can result in corrected vision for patients. However, LASIK does not work in every situation. If you are considering LASIK, it is important to understand the limitations of the procedure and whether or not you would be a good candidate. 

Does LASIK Correct Amblyopia?

Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a condition that results in reduced vision in one eye. A person with amblyopia can have one eye that appears to be normal, while the eyelid of the other eye seems to slightly droop. 

In most instances, LASIK cannot help the condition. However, there is one notable exception. 

Amblyopia occurs when the brain and the eye are not working together as they should. When this happens, the brain might start to ignore the affected eye and rely more on the unaffected eye. The muscles in the affected eye start to weaken from lack of use and as a result, a droop develops. 

If LASIK surgery is performed in the earliest stages of the condition, the symptoms of amblyopia can be avoided. Your eye doctor can perform the necessary assessments to determine whether or not you are still at the stage that the surgery would be beneficial in preventing amblyopia from further developing. 

Can LASIK Correct Visual Problems from Cataracts?

Cataracts is usually considered to be a progressive disease that worsens over time. If you have cataracts, it is unlikely that your eye doctor will recommend LASIK surgery because it typically does not correct the visual problems that are caused by the eye disorder. 

However, there are some exceptions. For instance, if you have age-related cataracts, your doctor might choose to perform a form of LASIK surgery during the procedure to remove the cataracts. If so, this can result in improved vision.

LASIK might also be possible if you have congential cataracts that are small and have not had a significant impact on your vision. Your eye doctor will have to assess the size of the cataracts, your current level of vision, and how stable they are. If they are too large, you will have to explore other options for correcting visual problems. 

LASIK can help correct vision in a number of scenarios. Consult with an eye doctor, such as those at San Juans Vision Source, to determine whether or not your particular situation would benefit from undergoing the procedure. If not, your doctor can be instrumental in determining what other procedures and methods are available to help with correcting your vision.