Can You Have LASIK Surgery with Glaucoma?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Can You Have LASIK Surgery with Glaucoma?

“A glaucoma patient’s suitability as a LASIK surgery candidate is really dependent on a number of factors. We would consider performing LASIK for certain patients with glaucoma-but it is really quite an individual determination. It depends a great deal on the stability of the glaucoma and whether and how much damage to the optic nerve the disease has caused,” remarked Leslie Doctor, M.D., a Connecticut LASIK Surgeon with offices in Westport, Norwalk & Wilton, CT. “During the LASIK procedure we use a suction ring or device for a short time and this can cause a temporary elevation of intraocular pressure or IOP-something we are cautious about in patients with glaucoma,” Dr. Doctor further explained. 

Generally, unless the glaucoma is severe it is possible that LASIK could be an option for most patients. Other types of laser eye surgery for vision correction such as PRK might be preferred. In some cases it might actually be beneficial to have lens replacement surgery using advanced technology lens implants for vision correction. 

If you or someone you know has glaucoma or is a glaucoma suspect and is considering LASIK, we would be happy to provide a free consultation to help determine if they are a LASIK candidate or perhaps a better candidate for another type of refractive surgery. Please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visiting Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or to schedule an appointment. 

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice providing eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services. For those patients in need of eye surgery, as a founding member of the Wilton Surgery Center, Doctor & Associates eye surgeons are able to provide eye surgery in a convenient, close to home and cost effective ambulatory surgery center. 

Whatever your eye care, eye health or vision correction needs might be-Doctor & Associates can serve as a Connecticut ophthalmic consultant and will be conveniently located for patients from Fairfield County and southern Connecticut including Danbury, Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Cannondale, Aspetuck, Redding, Trumbull, Shelton, Monroe, Darien, Glenbrook and Ridgefield Connecticut.