If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, it’s important that you disclose any and all medications you take on a regular basis when you come in for a screening. Even if you have recently stopped taking a medication, we need to know about it. All medications have side effects, and in certain cases, these side effects can interfere with the healing of your eyes during the LASIK recovery process.

    We will let you know if you need to discontinue use of a medication, or if you should consider an alternative to LASIK eye surgery. Since LASIK can cause temporary dry eyes, any drugs that cause increased eye irritation or dry eyes can potentially disqualify you from LASIK. Some of these medications include:

    • Cordarone
    • Accutane
    • Imitrex
    • Venlafaxine

    Additionally, any medications that you take for autoimmune disorders, inflammatory disorders, or allergies can affect your LASIK eligibility. Each of these medications can interfere with the healing process, leading to complications such as infection after eye surgery. As long as you inform us about each of the medications you currently take, or have recently taken, we can develop a safe approach to LASIK or suggest an alternative laser vision correction procedure to restore your vision.

    If you have further questions about LASIK, please contact Silverstein Eye Centers today to schedule your initial consultation with one of our experienced Kansas City LASIK surgeons.

    Posted April 3, 2013 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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