If you have one of the following medical conditions, we do not recommend vision correction. Here’s why:
Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis:
You should avoid LASIK or any other laser vision correction if you have Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis or any other collagen vascular / connective tissue disorder since the healing may be unpredictable, possibly giving you an unstable visual result. Even worse, the procedure could trigger a severe dry eye reaction, and cause thinning of your cornea. We recommend that you stick to glasses and/or properly fitted and maintained contact lenses.
Diabetic Retinopathy or Macular Degeneration:
We do not recommend vision correction for people who suffer from either of these conditions, as the procedures will do little to improve their sight. Both of these diseases affect your vision in a similar manner; by damaging the retina (the light-sensitive nerve tissue at the back of the eye that transmits visual images to the brain). There are medical treatments that may help stabilize your vision, but the vision correction treatments we offer at ClearSight all affect the front portion of the eye, and will do little to improve eyesight affected by these conditions.
Keratoconus or Pellucid Marginal Degeneration:
These often progressive diseases cause thinning of the cornea. Procedures that affect the cornea (such as LASIK & PRK) could accelerate this thinning to the point of instability. The good news is that there are treatments such as corneal cross-linking (CXL) and corneal rings that can help stabilize the progression of these diseases for many patients. The most promising treatment appears to be cross linking, as FDA trials have shown significant success with study patients. ClearSight is pleased to be among the first centers in the U.S. to offer FDA approved corneal cross-linking for patients suffering from keratoconus. To learn more, click here.