LASIK and Glaucoma
Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles, California
Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects over 4 million people in the United States. When you come to The Khanna Institute for a LASIK screening, we will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you have glaucoma or any other vision conditions that might affect your LASIK candidacy.
Call us today at (888) 339-8143 to schedule an eye exam with our experienced Los Angeles ophthalmologist Dr. Khanna.
How Glaucoma Affects LASIK Surgery
People with glaucoma have an elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) – meaning your eyes cannot properly drain the fluid they produce. During LASIK surgery, a microkeratome is used to create a flap in your eye’s corneal tissue. This device is temporarily attached to your eye with a vacuum ring that creates suction. This causes the microkeratome to briefly increase your IOP. If you already have elevated IOP due to glaucoma, this process can have a negative impact.
Having glaucoma does not automatically disqualify you from LASIK, but you must ensure your condition is fully controlled and stable before undergoing the procedure. Dr. Khanna may recommend an alternative type of refractive surgery – such as PRK, CK, or LASEK – that does not involve the creation of a corneal flap.
Are You at Risk for Glaucoma?
It is estimated that half of the people with glaucoma in the U.S. have never been diagnosed. Several different factors can increase your risk of glaucoma, such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A recent eye injury
- Family history of glaucoma
- Steroid use
If any of these factors apply to you, you should start regular screening for glaucoma at an early age.
Dr. Khanna carefully screens and evaluates every patient that comes to our office interested in LASIK surgery. If we determine that LASIK is not right for you, we will discuss the many alternative vision correction options that we offer.
If you have further questions about LASIK and glaucoma, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (888) 339-8143 to schedule your free LASIK screening with Dr. Khanna. We serve patients in Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles, California.