NOT EVERYONE IS SUITABLE FOR LASER EYE SURGERY

HERE ARE SOME CONDITIONS THAT MAY MAKE YOU UNSUITABLE

Suitability criteria

Amblyopia

Amblyopia is also known as a lazy eye. Amblyopia is a vision development disorder in which an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity, even with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Amblyopia occurs because of a failure of the eye to learn to see normally during infancy and early childhood. In most cases, only one eye is affected. If the vision in your lazy eye does not meet the driving standard, then you are not a candidate for laser eye surgery.

Herpes infection of the eye

The herpes virus which causes cold sores on the lip (HSV-1) can also affect the eye and cause corneal scarring. If you have reduced vision from the herpes infection, you are not a candidate for laser eye surgery.

Taking Isotretinoin (also known as Roaccutane and Rizuderm)

If you are taking isotretinoin, then please come and see us after you are no longer taking it.

If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding

We can treat you only after you have ceased breastfeeding. The hormone changes which take place during pregnancy can change your spectacle prescription and change the way the cornea behaves.

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About our surgeons

Mr James Ball | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCOphth CertLRS

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic. My major interest is in refractive surgery and finding the best treatment suitable for each patient.

Mr Jack Gormley | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MB ChB (Hons) FRCOphth CertLRS

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic and York Teaching Hospital, where I lead the Corneal and Refractive service. I have completed over 2,000 surgical and laser eye procedures.