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Can I undergo LASIK if I have Sjögren's syndrome?

Eye Health LASIK
DOCTOR’S ANSWER (2)

Hi, in general, the answer is no.

The concern is that patients with Sjogren syndrome have very dry eyes, and LASIK (or any other laser refractive surgery including epiLASIK/PRK/TransepiLASIK/TransPRK/SMILE etc) will make the dryness worse.

It's worth remembering that dry eyes span a spectrum from mild to severe, and mild dry eye not related to Sjogren syndrome is not a problem for LASIK.

On the other hand severe dry eye, even if not Sjogren related, may 'disqualify' a patient from laser refractive surgery because of the risk of delayed epithelial healing, blurred vision after surgery, corneal inflammation, etc.

Even if a patient with Sjogren syndrome does not currently have very dry eyes, there is a high chance of developing this later on and experiencing problems as mentioned above. Hence laser refractive surgery is not appropriate for patients with Sjogren syndrome.

234 views 17 Feb 2019

Sjogren syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects the mucous membranes of your body and you will typically experience dry eye as one of the symptoms.

I generally would not encourage people with Sjogren syndrome to undergo any form of laser vision correction (such as LASIK/ SMILE/ PRK) as it can cause the eyes to be even more dry.

Besides an increased risk of infection, this can also lead to poor visual outcome, poor healing of the corneas, and increased discomfort during recovery.

Do note that dryness though can vary from patient to patient, it is recommended to seek your eye doctor’s opinion and undergo a thorough eye evaluation.

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