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I am considering Lasik but I have a flare up of Herpes

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I am considering Lasik but I have a flare up of Herpes keratitis. Does this rule me out for Lasik Surgery>
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.

Hello and thank you for your question.

Unfortunately, having a history of herpetic keratitis and knowing the predisposition for herpetic keratitis to recur especially with stressors such as surgery, LASIK would be a risky proposition.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I have only had one flare up my entire life. Would it be possible to treat for the potential occurance of the herpes during the Lasik process?

Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.
While it would be possible, the likelihood that you would have significant problems despite a prophylactic herpes treatment would be significant. Unfortunately, all it takes is one severe episode to cause scarring in the cornea which can limit the vision.
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