Scleral Lenses for Post-LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery is one of the safest and most effective elective surgeries available. With over a 90% success rate, LASIK almost sounds too good to be true. Unfortunately, there are negative side effects that occasionally occur, one of the worst being LASIK ectasia.
LASIK ectasia is a corneal distortion or irregularity when the cornea is weakened, causing it to bulge. As LASIK surgery is permanent, LASIK ectasia has no known cure to reverse the effect.
What are the Symptoms of LASIK Ectasia?
If the cornea changes shape and loses its natural aspherical surface, the effects can include:
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Dry eyes
- Inability to wear soft contact lenses
Fortunately, our eye doctor, Dr. Satti Sarai, helps patients across Chicago achieve normal, functional vision through scleral lenses. Not only do scleral lenses address all of these symptoms, but they are an exceptionally comfortable form of hard contact lenses.
Why Choose Scleral Lenses for Post-LASIK, Post-PRK, and Post-RK Surgery?
Once post-LASIK complications develop, scleral lenses are an ideal option for protecting the eye’s surface, which is called the cornea. Through the use of rigid or hard lens design, scleral lenses correct your vision while leaving the cornea’s sensitive surface untouched and protected. Scleral lenses give you enhanced visibility while preventing the cornea’s irregular shape from worsening.
Common Post-LASIK Ectasia Questions
Can’t I just get a touch-up from LASIK?
No. LASIK surgery can only correct visual loss that wasn’t caused by a complication, but rather was merely unsatisfactory, or, in other words, the eye healed in a way that left some nearsightedness. Although many LASIK centers guarantee touch-ups at a low cost, there are increased risk factors that may disqualify a person from a touch-up. Post-LASIK ectasia is an automatic disqualification as the cornea is now considered irregular and unhealthy.
Would LASIK surgery trigger an undetected eye disease?
As long as an eye doctor provided you with a comprehensive eye exam and checked for LASIK candidacy, you should be fine. However, patients diagnosed with Keratoconus or other corneal diseases, or even a family history of corneal disease, are often dissuaded from undergoing LASIK surgery as it may trigger the disease to advance.
If you’ve undergone LASIK surgery and are experiencing symptoms like blurry vision or light sensitivity, schedule an eye exam at one of our 4 locations. We’ll assess the health of your eyes and ensure you receive the proper treatment from one of our skilled and caring eye care professionals.