Medical Q&As

Laser eye surgery - contraindications?

Can you have eye laser surgery if you have conjunctivitis?

It would be normal practice to postpone laser refractive surgery until conjunctivitis had been successfully treated, assuming that the conjunctivitis had been of infectious origin. Such surgery would also be contraindicated in the case of allergic eye disease that was sufficiently severe as to require regular treatment. It is also contraindicated in the case of severe dry eye disease. Further contraindications to such surgery would include; a previous history of abnormalities of the cornea, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and SLE, immunodeficiency states and drugs such as steroids and cytotoxic agents. Laser refractive surgery is also contraindicated during pregnancy.