Thin Corneas Not a Risk for LASIK
Submitted by Dr. Dean Dornic on Tue 03/17/2009 - 09:31
Contrary to the assumption that eyes with thin corneas are poor candidates for LASIK because they are at increased risk of developing postoperative ectasia, scientific evidence fails to support preoperative central corneal thickness (CCT) as an independent risk factor for this complication, said William B. Trattler, MD, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Individuals with thin corneas, however, are at risk for ectasia if an abnormality such as forme fruste keratoconus (FFKC) is found during preoperative topographic analysis, he said.
Time and time again I have seen patients told they are not a candidate for LASIK because of thin corneas. There are multiple studies that show that thin corneas are not an independent risk factor for LASIK and this is just one more report confirming this.