|Lattice degeneration can lead to retinal breaks. If considering Lasik,
an evaluation by a vitreoretinal specialist may be wise.
Lattice degeneration of the retina may be a contraindication for conventional or custom wavefront Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, and Epi-Lasik. Lattice degeneration will normally not automatically
exclude a patient from PRK, LASEK, and P-IOL, but can be problematic. Any retina problem can
be a major concern for RLE. Patients with myopic (nearsighted, shortsighted) vision are at a greater risk than patients
who are hyperopic (farsighted, longsighted). Any patient with a history of retina
problems of any kind should be fully evaluated by a vitreoretinal specialist before having elective eye surgery.
Lattice degeneration is a hereditary vitreoretinal degeneration.
Lattice is an important consideration when contemplating elective
elective surgery because it can lead to retinal breaks and retinal
detachment; each can cause permanent vision loss. The myopic eye
is elongated and places stress on the retina. The significant additional
stress on the retina during Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, Epi-Lasik, and
RLE would make these procedures the least ideal. Although there
is less retinal stress with PRK, LASEK, and P-IOLs, surgery may
be best avoided.
Lattice causes many changes in the eye, including retinal thinning
at the outer edges and retina hole formation. The size and location
of lattice degeneration varies tremendously. One or both eyes may
be involved. There is no specific treatment for lattice degeneration,
but high risk atrophic holes or breaks can be treated by cryothermy,
laser photocoagulation, or diathermy. The use of a laser to stabilize
the holes is probably most common.
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