My Optometrist says my corneas are too flat for refractive surgery

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Darwin, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. Darwin

    Darwin Guest

    I'm myopic (right -5.00, left -5.75). During a routine eye examination,
    my Optometrist casually remarked that I would not be a good candidate
    for refractive surgery because my corneas are unusually flat. He explained
    that refractive surgery corrects myopia by flattening the cornea but my
    corneas are already flat. This makes sense to me but I would like to
    know what other knowledgeable people think about this. Perhaps there
    are some special refractive surgery techniques that are applicable to
    myopics with flat corneas.

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

    Darwin, Mar 27, 2006
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  2. Darwin

    Salmon Egg Guest

    I am not a vision professional. My approach is from the viewpoint of optical

    If your cornea is too flat, how come you can (or can you) get correction
    using ordinary corrective lenses? If your vision can be corrected with such
    lenses, I do not understand why your cornea cannot be sculpted to do the

    I would not seek refractive surgery for myself. Nevertheless, you may want a
    better understanding of your peculiar anatomy to know why your eyes are not
    suitable for the surgery. Maybe they do not wish to hollow out your flat

    -- Ferme le Bush
    Salmon Egg, Mar 27, 2006
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    acemanvx Guest

    you probably dont have enough cornea because they are too thin and
    flat. I would listen to this optometrist. You might consider IOLs or
    just stick to glasses
    acemanvx, Mar 27, 2006
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    Bassslapper Guest

    I would ask the doctor to elaborate on his findings and be very
    specific. Then I would seek a second and even third opinion. A "csual
    remark" regarding your eye is not convincing enough for me personally
    and I would press the issue and learn as much as I could about my
    particular situation.
    Bassslapper, Mar 28, 2006
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