LASIK and Diabetes

Uncontrolled diabetes poses a risk for eye health. When your blood sugar levels are not properly regulated, vision changes (such as blurriness) can occur, as well as retinal damage. The latter problem – a disease known as diabetic retinopathy – may eventually cause blindness if it is never treated.

If you have diabetes, but do not have retinopathy, you may still potentially be a good candidate for LASIK. However, diabetics do have a higher risk of complications after LASIK. Corneal abnormalities are common in patients with diabetes, which can cause healing after LASIK to be slow and imperfect. You may also experience increased light sensitivity.

In short, diabetes requires a thorough pre-surgical evaluation in order to determine your LASIK candidacy, and to anticipate possible problems. If your retina has fragile blood vessels, or if early cataracts are present in the lens, then the risks of LASIK will most likely outweigh the benefits. However, if no eye damage is found during your screening and your diabetes is adequately controlled, you can still enjoy the benefits of this life-changing procedure.

If you have diabetes and are interested in LASIK, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (877) 254-2662 to schedule your free LASIK screening. We serve patients in Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles, California.

Written by Rajesh Khanna, MD

Los Angeles Lasik Surgeon Rajesh Khanna MD is a recognized pioneer in Presbyopic Implants for correction of aging eyes. He has popularized Cornea Cross Linking and Intacs forKeratoconus. He is an Expert Cataract, Pterygium Eye Surgeon, A Cornea Specialist he performs Laser Corneal Transplants, DMEK, DSEK and DALK. Rajesh Khanna MD is a well known medical writer. He has published the bestseller "The miracle of Pi in Eye".He is also a columnist for the newspaper Acorn. Dr.Khanna also hosts "Medical Magic". In his spare time he hikes with his family and German Shepard or does yoga. He also plays field hockey and loves swimming.