• Can cataract surgery and LASIK be performed at the same time?


    Question:

    Can cataract surgery and LASIK surgery be performed at the same time?


    Answer:

    This should not be done. The selection of an intraocular lens (IOL) after cataract surgery can often accomplish the refractive change (vision correction) that one would obtain with LASIK or laser vision correction on the cornea. If there is a situation such as astigmatism, which is not planned to be treated at the time of cataract surgery but with laser correction of the cornea such as LASIK, this should be delayed after the cataract surgery by at least a month or several months. It is not advisable to do these procedures at the same time.


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