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Lyme Disease and Lasik

Issues and concerns regarding Lyme Disease and Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, etc

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Transmitted by the deer tick, active Lyme Disease is a contraindication for Lasik.  

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. These bacteria are transmitted to humans by the bite of infected deer ticks and cause more than 16,000 infections in the United States each year. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, Lyme disease was named in 1977 when arthritis was observed in a cluster of children in and around Lyme, Connecticut.


Lyme disease most often presents with a characteristic "bull's-eye" rash, erythematic migraines, accompanied by nonspecific symptoms such as fever, malaise, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and joint aches.


Antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually provide full recovery. Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. Patients with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with drugs such as ceftriaxone or penicillin.

Complications with Lasik

Although there is very little information about Lyme Disease and refractive surgery like Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, LASEK, PRK, Epi-Lasik, etc. At least one patient who contracted Lyme Disease shortly after surgery and had great difficulty with dry eye and keratitis. A study has determined abnormal corneal nerves in patients with Lyme Disease.

Due to the possibility of inflammation of the cornea, accurate measurements of the cornea and refractive error would be impossible. It seems reasonable to avoid all types of refractive surgery until the Lyme Disease has been successfully treated

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Recent Lyme Disease and Vision Medical Journal Articles...

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[Lyme disease].

Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. 2014 Feb;32 Suppl 1:37-42

Authors: Portillo A, Santibáñez S, Oteo JA

Lyme disease (LD) is a worldwide-distributed multisystemic process caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.) and transmitted by hard ticks. In fact, it is the most common tick-borne infectious disease in the northern hemisphere. In Spain it is transmitted by Ixodes ricinus ticks and Borrelia garinii is the genoespecies of B. burgdorferi s.l. mostly involved in our area. LD is known as "the last great imitator" due to the broad clinical spectrum that may cause. Except in the case of erythema migrans (pathognomonic feature of the disease), the remaining clinical manifestations should be confirmed using microbiological tests. This review is intended to provide readers a current vision of the etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, laboratory diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in our environment. Controversial aspects arising from the use of non-validated microbiological tests that are being used without scientific rigor are highlighted.

PMID: 24630582 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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