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Can You Undergo Cataract Surgery and LASIK Surgery?

Happy Middle Aged CoupleHave you had LASIK surgery as a young adult and are now wondering whether it may compromise your eligibility for cataract surgery later in life? You can put your mind to rest; it is indeed possible for someone to undergo both LASIK and cataract surgery — though only in that order. Someone who’s had LASIK can have cataract surgery later in life, but someone who’s had cataract surgery, in most cases, is no longer a candidate for LASIK or other refractive surgeries.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for either surgery or regarding any other ocular health matter, call Dr.'s Eyecare LASIK and Eye Surgery Center for all of your eye care needs.

Understanding LASIK Surgery and Cataract Surgery

To better understand why cataract surgery is possible following LASIK surgery, it’s important to know the basics of both procedures.

LASIK surgery and other refractive surgeries are performed on the cornea — the dome-shaped, clear tissue at the front of the eye. During LASIK surgery, a laser reshapes the cornea so it refracts, or bends, light waves more precisely onto your retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back inner portion of the eyeball), resulting in clearer vision.

Cataract surgery, however, is performed on the eye’s natural lens — which is positioned just behind the iris (the colored part of the eye). The lens is responsible for focusing the light that passes through the eye onto the retina to produce a clear, crisp image. A healthy lens should be transparent and clear. Those with cataracts experience a clouding of the lens which disturbs normal vision. During cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens, improving the clarity of your vision.

Cataract Surgery Without Having Had LASIK

The artificial replacement lens is designed to correct vision and replace prescription glasses. For those who have not had refractive surgery, vision correction through cataract surgery is usually uncomplicated and has a predictable outcome. After cataract surgery, many patients experience clear distance vision without the need for spectacles, although many will still need their reading glasses.

Cataract Surgery Following LASIK Surgery

The modern equipment used by Dr.'s Eyecare LASIK and Eye Surgery Center takes very accurate measurements of the eyes, even many years after having undergone LASIK surgery. However, it is still highly recommended for those who have had LASIK surgery to provide the surgeon with all previous eye health records so that the appropriate lens implant be used for cataract surgery. If you do not already have them, you can request these records from the doctor who performed your LASIK surgery. If obtaining these records is not possible, cataract surgery can still be an option, though the postoperative refractive error may not be as predictable.

Contact Us For All Your Eye Health Concerns

Whether you’ve had LASIK or not, you still may have questions about your vision and ocular health. At Dr.'s Eyecare LASIK and Eye Surgery Center, we’re here for you. Speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about all of your vision and eye-related concerns.

Dr. Robert Levy serves patients from Burlington, Cherry Hill, Trenton, Hamilton Township, and throughout New Jersey.

Does Glaucoma Prevent Cataract Surgery?

Lively Older Man Riding His Bicycle, Laughs And Enjoys Life. SenFor those with clouded or hazy vision, cataract surgery can work wonders in restoring crisp and clear vision. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma, you might be wondering whether cataract surgery is a safe option. Below, we’ll discuss glaucoma and explain why it doesn’t prevent cataract surgery.

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases where the loss of vision is due to optic nerve damage due to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. This condition generally displays no early warning signs, and can only be detected with a comprehensive eye exam. If not treated early, glaucoma will first lead to peripheral vision loss and ultimately permanent central vision loss.

Glaucoma, like cataracts, affects mostly the elderly. Therefore, many patients with glaucoma over the age of 50 or 60 may also be concerned with developing cataracts.

How Does Glaucoma Affect Cataract Surgery?

In short, it doesn’t.

In fact, cataract surgery may (at times) even lower high intraocular pressure, making it a great option for those with glaucoma.

Furthermore, it may be possible for the eye surgeon to perform a minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery during cataract surgery.

If a patient with glaucoma undergoes cataract surgery, it is vital to closely adhere to the post-surgical instructions for optimal safety. Internal eye pressure can rise during or in the hours following cataract surgery.

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If you have glaucoma and are interested in undergoing cataract surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr.'s Eyecare LASIK and Eye Surgery Center today. will offer you a comprehensive eye health evaluation to identify any risks (such as glaucoma) that could rule out surgery.