Can Having a Thin Cornea Prevent me From Getting LASIK?

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a laser-based vision correction system that reshapes the cornea to correct refractive disorders. These disorders include nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and age-related vision loss, known as presbyopia.

While millions have benefited from LASIK's vision-restoring capabilities, not all patients are good candidates, including those with thin corneas. However, there are various other treatment options we're thrilled to offer you at Focal Point Vision.

To schedule an appointment with our experienced team, contact us today, or visit one of our practices in San Antonio or Schertz, TX.

What are the advantages of LASIK vision correction?

LASIK is a safe and effective technique that has been extensively time-tested, and clinically proven, and has helped millions of individuals enjoy drastically improved vision. Many advances have been achieved in its (more than) two decades of use, and we're proud to offer you one of the latest: iDesign LASIK 2.0, one of the most effective versions yet, with enhanced visual results and better patient outcomes.

This "next generation" tech begins with a detailed scan of the entire optical system, carried out in just three seconds. This revolutionary system can measure the tiniest details of one's eye to evaluate the smallest variations in elevation and curvature on the eye's surface.

The scan isn't limited to the outside of the eye and utilizes "wavefront analysis," which precisely measures how light travels within a patient's eye. By analyzing every imperfection and physical intricacy, we can offer you the best results possible.

Can having a thin cornea prevent me from getting LASIK?

While many patients may be great candidates for the vision-correcting benefits of LASIK, there are some considerations. In addition to one's overall and ocular health, the shape and thickness of a patient's corneas can preclude using LASIK since this procedure involves cutting a flap into and then reshaping the cornea. For those whose corneas are too thin or abnormally shaped, LASIK could yield the opposite of the desired outcome by causing ocular damage that results in potentially severe vision complications.

However, just because you aren't a good candidate for LASIK doesn't mean you'll have to struggle with poor vision. We can give equally outstanding vision-correcting results using other treatment options based on the type of refractive error and its degree.

Eyeglasses or contact lenses are a popular choice, though those who would like a more long-lasting, hassle-free solution may pursue PRK or refractive lens exchange in San Antonio. These two vision correction systems are surgical, providing quick, effective, safe results that can give you crisp, clear visual acuity without the need for glasses or contacts.

Explore your options for better vision

Good vision is an invaluable gift, and one you can enjoy whether or not you're a candidate for LASIK. The thickness and shape of the cornea can make LASIK too dangerous for some individuals, but at Focal Point Vision, you can reap the rewards of alternative treatments like glasses, contact lenses, PRK, or refractive lens exchange for equally excellent results. Get in touch today to explore your options at one of our practices in San Antonio or Schertz, TX.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.