LASIK and Cataract Surgery

A cataract is the clouding of your eye’s natural lens and impairs your vision. To correct this problem, your defective lens can be removed and replaced with an implantable intraocular lens (IOL) of a predetermined power.

The measurements that are conducted to achieve this predetermined power are extremely specific. If they are even slightly inaccurate, you may need to undergo laser vision surgery to restore your vision. If you have undergone LASIK surgery, the corneal measurements used to determine the power of your implanted lens have been altered by the reshaping of your cornea. An experienced eye surgeon can accurately estimate these changes by formulas and assessing your eye history. Be sure to tell your eye surgeon if you have undergone LASIK surgery.

At Eyes.com, we are committed to providing thorough and accurate information so you can make an informed decision about your cataract surgery after undergoing LASIK.

Cataract Surgery after LASIK

Most eye surgeries carry the risk of cataracts, and LASIK is no exception. Some ophthalmologists believe that patients with signs of cataracts before LASIK should not have LASIK, since their vision may be corrected with the IOL used in cataract surgery.

Especially since your altered cornea causes inaccurate measurements for IOL placement, patients who have undergone LASIK surgery and develop cataracts might find themselves immediately back in glasses or contacts or having to undergo additional eye surgeries.

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