-13.00 - 5.50 x 180 - Am I eligible for Lasik?

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-13.00 - 5.50 x 180 - Am I eligible for Lasik?

Postby jimmyt » Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:41 am

Hello. I am a male in my late 20s with pretty bad myopia/astigmatism and was wondering whether I would be an eligible candidate for Lasik. I remember looking into laser eye surgery about 10 years ago and reading that I was ineligible, but have heard more recently that myopia in the -16 diopter range has been corrected (anecdotally). My prescription is:

-13.00 -5.50 x 180
-12.00 -3.50 x 015

I have also had surgery to correct strabismus if that matters, although it was unsuccessful (i.e. I can still only focus out of one eye at a time).

I feel that I have a lot of residual distortion from my corrective lenses and have never been comfortable doing many tasks such as driving at night. Since college I have also had a lot of trouble reading (both near and far) due to eyestrain when focusing, which I feel may be related to presbyopia. I am a scientist and thus do a lot of close work at the microscope/computer/lab equipment and I facet gemstones as a hobby, and for the past 2-3 years have really been struggling with my vision affecting my work and life. I have been to about 6 different eye specialists of all sorts (none specializing in laser surgery) and have spent a lot of money on evaluations and treatments (e.g. new types of contacts) that have not helped so I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on an evaluation to be told that I am not eligible for Lasik.

It seems like a lot of people on this forum are very knowledgeable and I was just wondering what your thoughts on my eligibility are. I have read through some of the threads here but did not come across anyone with similar eyesight. Thank you for your input!
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Re: -13.00 - 5.50 x 180 - Am I eligible for Lasik?

Postby PRKorIntacs » Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:44 am

Your prescription is far too high for a full correction with any refractive surgery. I did read about a few people who attempted to correct myopia as high as -16, all with terrible results. You could consider IOLs to correct your myopia and possibly some of your astigmatism and wear a thin pair of progressive glasses to correct the remainder of your prescription. Are you happy with contact lenses or glasses right now? What are your reasons for wanting refractive surgery?
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Re: -13.00 - 5.50 x 180 - Am I eligible for Lasik?

Postby LasikExpert » Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:34 am

jimmyt wrote:-13.00 -5.50 x 180
-12.00 -3.50 x 015

Although Lasik is possible, it would be necessary for you to have very, very thick corneas (see Lasik and high correction) and relatively small pupils (see Lasik and large pupils).

A viable alternative may be phakic intraocular lens (PIOL). This won't correct the astigmatism, but would correct the myopia (nearsighted, shortsighted) vision, making glasses much, much thinner and near vision easier.
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