I am a 67 year old, healthy male, strongly and asymmetrically myopic--around -4.xx left and -7.xx, right. I have been undercorrected in the right eye for some time, and it has gotten worse. The last visit, my optometrist
told me the imbalance is now great enough that, if he ups the correction (with glasses
), the image sizes will be different enough that I won't be able to fuse them, my brain will ignore one image, and my vision will be worse than as now.
He recommended cataract surgery and said I have enough of a cataract in the right to justify insurance payment for it in both eyes. (I am on Medicare and have a supplemental insurance policy as well.) For a complicated series of reasons, and after consultation with a cataract surgeon, I have decided I want to delay this as long as possible. I do not have any vision loss noticeable to me due to the cataract.
Would it be feasible, and what would be the medical and insurance implications of getting LASIK
or similar on the right cornea, just enough to balance it with the left eye? Then use appropriately adjusted glasses for as long as I can postpone cataract surgery.
P.S. FWIW, I have multiple, successfully repaired, retinal tears in the left eye, from about 5 years ago, coincident with posterior vitreous
detachment. I have recently revisited my retina specialist, who said this leads to no contraindication to cataract surgery.