Lasik with Nystagmus

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Lasik with Nystagmus

Postby spaceship22 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:11 am

I am wondering if I can get LASIK since I have Nystagmus? It is a birth defect where the eyes have independent movement especially when one is covered.
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Postby maria22 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:47 pm

I found out during my Lasik consultation that I have nystagmus, and I had successful Lasik surgery about 8 weeks ago. The doctor found the procedure very challenging and refered me to a college, but the results very extremely accurate.
I was told though that I was not a good candidate for wavefront or femto Lasik.

One thing I found hard to deal with at first is that even though the surgery took care of my refractive error, my eye sight is not going to improve beyong 60/70% due to the condition.
But the results are still amazing, I just had to accept that Lasik would not give me perfect eyesight.
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Postby LasikExpert » Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:35 am

It is important to understand that the only thing Lasik could correct is refractive error. In other words, the most one could expect from Lasik is vision after surgery without glasses equal to vision before surgery with glasses...and that is not guaranteed.

If your vision is low due to complications from nystagmus, Lasik will not improve the low vision.

Several lasers have tracking systems that follow the eye, but the rapid micro-movements of nystagmus can be a bit much for even these tracking systems.

If you intend to investigate refractive surgery and you have nystagmus, seek an evaluation from a refractive surgery specialist affiliated with a teaching (university) hospital.
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