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Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) would not itself eliminate the possibility of refractive surgery, however there are some concerns that indicate current refractive surgery techniques and technology may not be suitable for a person with RP.

As there are many types of RP the symptoms can vary, but in the most common type an early symptom is difficulty seeing at night or in areas of poor illumination. The disease is progressive and the field of vision may gradually decrease, resulting in the condition often referred to as tunnel vision. In another type of RP, the side vision is retained for some time, but there is central loss leading to an inability to read or carry out close work.

Refractive surgery like Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, PRK, etc. can only change the refractive state of the eye. That is, it can only change the focal point of light entering the eye. Refractive surgery cannot directly resolve the RP, but may indirectly cause vision problems.

The lens-based procedures RLE and P-IOL are significantly more invasive than other forms of refractive surgery and require special attention to patients who have a history of retinal problems.

The process of refractive surgery can on rare occasion cause undesirable results and one of those results is a loss of contrast sensitivity. When coupled with the potential of poor vision in low illumination environments due to RP, the potential risk of very poor vision after refractive surgery is significantly higher for a person with RP than a person without retinal disease. Before having refractive surgery it would be wise to be evaluated by a retina specialist.

If you are ready to choose a doctor to be evaluated for Lasik or any refractive surgery procedure, we highly recommend you consider a doctor who has been evaluated and certified by the USAEyes nonprofit organization. Locate a USAEyes Evaluated & Certified Lasik Laser Eye Surgery Doctor.

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Last updated Saturday, August 18, 2012

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