LASIK And Diabetes

For residents of the Greensboro area suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK eye surgery is often a viable option. LASIK eye surgery represents a permanent solution for vision problems and an end to the days of glasses and contact lenses.

Dr. Vic Khemsara will consult with you to determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. However, one common issue is patients with diabetes asking about their eligibility for the eye surgery. Many patients with diabetes have heard that their condition makes them ineligible for the LASIK procedure. This is a complicated question, but you should know that even if you have diabetes, you are not automatically ineligible for LASIK eye surgery. You should speak with Dr. Khemsara about your options.

Diabetes can affect every part of your body, and your eyes are no exception. Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, a condition where the retinas swell. If untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. The disease can also affect your corneas.

Because of these problems, a risk of ocular infection is elevated among diabetes patients.

The research on diabetes patients undergoing LASIK eye surgery is mixed, and it’s impossible to offer a strict yes or no simply because a patient has diabetes. The FDA lists diabetes as a “contraindication” for LASIK, which means that the FDA believes diabetes is a reason not to undergo the eye surgery.

However, some recent research indicates that certain diabetes patients might remain viable candidates for LASIK eye surgery.

  • You should demonstrate sound glucose control
  • You should not be suffering systemic complications from diabetes
  • You should not be showing any signs of diabetes-induced eye problems

Again, it’s important to emphasize that a decision can only be made in close consultation with Dr. Khemsara. Make sure you’re open and honest about your diabetes and any other condition before undergoing LASIK eye surgery.

If you’re a resident of Greensboro or one of the surrounding areas and you’re considering LASIK eye surgery, please contact Summit Eye Care today for more information.

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