• What does it mean that the shape of my corneas does not make me a good candidate for LASIK?


    Question:

    The LASIK doctors told me ten years ago that I’m not a candidate for LASIK surgery because of the shape of my cornea. What does that mean and can the shape of your cornea change over the years?


    Answer:

    Without seeing your exam and topography (the map they would have done of your corneal surface) it is impossible for me to know what your ophthalmologist saw that prevented you from being a good LASIK candidate. This being many years later, it would be useful to see another ophthalmologist for a repeat evaluation and ask them to be specific as to why or why not you are a good candidate. Corneal irregularities such as keratoconus (cone shaped cornea), pellucid marginal degeneration (corneal thinning) or just asymmetric astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea) can make you a poor candidate. If this is the case, you may be a candidate for ICL (the intraocular contact lens) that does not require changing the shape of the cornea. Good luck.


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