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If I have a lazy eye, and astigmatism, is Lasik surgery an

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If I have a lazy eye, and astigmatism, is Lasik surgery an option?

Doctor DanB :

Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?

Doctor DanB :

By lazy eye, do you mean an eye that drifts in or out, or do you mean amblyopia (an eye that has seen poorly ever since childhood)?

Customer:

I used to go cross eyed all the time as a kid. I wore a patch for a while when I was 2 yrs old, so it doesn't drift very much anymore. Does that answer your question?

Doctor DanB :

Thank you. Almost. Does that eye see as well as the other eye (with glasses or contact lenses on)?

Customer:

Very nearly, with contacts or glasses.

Customer:

I should also mention that I am slightly near sighted

Doctor DanB :

If they are essentially the same, and the eye doesn't drift anymore, then these things as well as astigmatism should likely not prevent you from having LASIK. Does that make sense?

Customer:

Yes! One last question though: would Lasik do anything for the lazy eye? Or would it just correct my vision, and my eye would still drift a little when I'm sleepy.

Doctor DanB :

Unfortunately, while LASIK would correct the vision, it wouldn't do anything to correct the drifting of the eye--it would probably still drift as much as it does now.

Customer:

In that case, is it something you woud recommend? Or would it not be worth it?

Customer:

Perhaps also important to note: my eye doesn't drift unless I'm not wearing contacts or glasses. It only drifts when I'm trying to focus,

Doctor DanB :

Well, that's a good question. I would say if you're really motivated to get clearer vision and stay out of glasses or contacts, then it would be a good thing to consider. If you're not bothered by being in contacts or glasses, then I would say it sounds like a toss up. If you feel like the drifting is only happening because you're not having your corrective lenses on, then this may indeed help that. In my experience, though, that still may come back at some point in the future, even if you have LASIK now.

Doctor DanB :

Does that make sense?

Doctor DanB :

Do you have any other questions about this topic?


Customer:

Yes, thank you! I should be all set.

Doctor DanB :

My pleasure.



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