Text Size and Contrast

To improve your browsing experience select a different Text size or Contrast.

Select a Text Size

Select a Contrast

Moorfields Private Blog

    Share this article

    Can I have laser eye surgery if I’m diabetic?

    Written by Professor David Gartry, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    • You’ll need to take into account your specific circumstances.
    • Careful examination of the lenses in your eyes for any evidence of cataracts is required.
    • The risk of infection, which is extremely rare in laser eye surgery, is very slightly greater in diabetics.

     

    shutterstock_582394888

    Yes – but your laser eye surgeon will take into account the type of diabetes you have, how successful its management has been, and how long you have been diabetic. Particular attention will be paid to the stability of your spectacle prescription, as this can change with fluctuations in your blood sugar. In other words, poor diabetic control can affect the accuracy of your treatment.

    Careful examination of the natural lenses in your eyes for any evidence of cataract, which can occur early in diabetics, and your retinas for any signs of damage to the blood vessels at ‘the back of the eye’, will be carried out. Skin layer healing can be slowed down in diabetes.

    Learn more about what to expect when you have laser eye surgery

    Any concerns about the healing of the specialised layer of skin at the front of the eye (corneal epithelium), might lead your surgeon to advise LASIK rather than a surface laser treatment like LASEK or TransPRK. This is because surface treatments are more reliant on healing than LASIK in which the corneal epithelium is kept intact using a thin protective flap.

    The risk of infection, which is extremely rare in laser eye surgery, is very slightly greater in diabetics. This can usually be treated successfully with timely diagnosis and tailored antibiotics.

    New Call-to-action
     

    Or speak to the New Patient Enquiry Team:
    0800 328 3421

    moorfieldsprivate.enquiries@nhs.net

     

    Professor David Gartry

    Written by Professor David Gartry

    Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon