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Friday, December 16, 2016

How Your LASIK Procedure Affects Cataract Surgery

Recent studies show that over 5 million Americans have undergone LASIK surgery to help them improve their vision. LASIK is a refractive surgery procedure that is carried out to address various vision problems like farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. It is, in general, a very safe procedure.

However, some people will need to go through a cataract surgery after their LASIK. If you are one of them, then here are some things that you need to know.

LASIK and Cataract Surgery

If you have been advised by your ophthalmologist to undergo cataract surgery, it means that the natural lens of your eyes are cloudy, which is why your vision has probably been blurry or hazy. During the cataract operation, your eye’s natural lens will be replaced with a clear artificial lens. This is a non-issue for individuals who haven’t undergone LASIK treatment, but for you whose vision was aided by LASIK, this is a critical factor.

Your cataract surgeon needs to know this information in order to select the most precise measurement for the artificial lens that will be used. There are many ways to do this and the success of each technique varies. 

One of the most used strategies takes into account your eye measurement prior to LASIK adjustment and the measurement post-LASIK. Ultimately, it is critical that you and your cataract surgeon discuss this matter at length prior to your cataract operation.

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