Post lasik ectasia is not a new eye condition as the name sounds. It is just a term used for cornea thinning. When the cornea begins to get thinner, the vision of the patient gets deteriorated at a steady pace. This condition happens usually after LASIK, soon or after a week. To manage this condition, corneal transplant is required in most cases.
In a recent research conducted in US, it is said that this condition is not normal and it occurs one in two thousand patients. This is also somewhere near the keratoconus occurrence rate. Ninety percent of patients having post LASIK ectasia showed signs of genetic keratoconus. Only small numbers of patients were diagnosed without genetic keratoconus.
One should not mistake keratoconus with ectasia like people used to think that LASIK surgery leads to long term dry eye syndrome before some decades. It is true that after a lasik surgery, there is temporary disturbance in tear flow because the laser cuts the corneal nerve. But the condition becomes normal after a year. Condition like blepharitis can aggravate dry eye syndrome after a lasik surgery.
If there are any signs of progression, it should be monitored clearly and treated with the help of corneal cross linking. It is recommended to wear soft contact lenses. If there is any problem with the vision, it can be managed with the help of proper eye glasses to reduce blur. Customized rigid glass permeable lenses are also one of the best options to manage this condition.
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