• Can refractive surgery lower retinal detachment risk?


    Question:

    Can corrective laser eye surgery lower the risk of retinal detachment? My son has a -13 prescription.


    Answer:

    No, removing the nearsightedness will not make the eye anatomically different—it is still a very long eye and has more risk of detachment over time. The best thing is to have regular eye exams and to come in if any change in vision is noted. Depending on his age, an ICL (intraocular contact lens) is a possibility to treat his myopia if he wants to get out of this high prescription.


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