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Can I Have Cataract Surgery After LASIK?

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Yes, cataract surgery can be performed after LASIK.

In fact, cataract surgery can be performed after any type of laser vision correction procedure, including LASIK, PRKEpi-LASIK and LASEK.

LASIK and other types of laser vision correction alter the curvature of the front surface of the eye (cornea). Therefore it's helpful if you can give your cataract surgeon the records of your eye exams that were performed prior to your laser procedure.

Cataract surgery can be successfully performed without these pre-LASIK records. But they can give your cataract surgeon additional information to determine the best intraocular lens (IOL) power for an optimal visual outcome after your cataract surgery.

Reviewer - Vance Thompson

About the Reviewer: Vance Thompson, MD, FACS, is the director of refractive surgery at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, S.D. He also is professor of ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine, a leading researcher in technologies for laser and implant vision correction and a member of All About Vision's editorial advisory board.

Page updated August 2017