LASIK and Diabetes

Posted By on Nov 29, 2018 in LASIK Surgery | 0 comments

When considering a LASIK procedure, the choices of the technology or process remain numerous. The reason for that becomes each’s eyes have a uniqueness, and whatever the condition the eyes have remains unique as well. By having variations built into the process, it ensures ophthalmologists can precisely define the surgery according to the data gathered. It becomes inputted into the laser which does the actual incision or delivers pulses to the eye. Nowhere does this become more important than with a patient who has developed diabetes.

Diabetes and the eyes

Diabetes does cause blindness. Individuals with diabetes have a 25 percent greater risk of developing blindness than others in the population. It presently affects over 23.6 million people in the USA. Insulin-dependent diabetes often results in diabetic retinopathy at a 70 % rate. Another 40 percent of patients develop macular edema. All serious eye diseases with severe impacts on a person’s life. Diabetes impacts the blood sugar which in turn impacts the blood vessels of the eyes. More people report having dry eye syndrome when they also have diabetes. All of which affects whether or not a patient can have laser eye surgery.

Can people with diabetes have LASIK surgery?

Houston LASIK uses an individual approach to eye care. It takes a thorough examination and a good look at history to determine if a diabetic patient can become a LASIK candidate. To prepare for a possible LASIK surgery begin with controlling the blood sugar levels. Consistent, stable blood sugar levels make it more likely an ophthalmologist will allow the operation. LASIK will not cure diabetes retinopathy. It only improves the vision by making adjustments to the cornea. Newer femtosecond oscillating lasers that deliver a pulse instead of a surgical line on the eye from an incision may help make more diabetic patients eligible for the surgery, but the technology remains so new not enough time has passed to gather data on such. Diabetic patients will have more risk associated with the procedure than other patients. Laser eye surgery in Houston will not cause complications in these cases but diabetes can.  No recent statistics exist specifically showing how well people with diabetes with LASIK surgeries do or how long the effects of the surgery last. Many diabetic patients do have the procedure and because of the good statistics overall and those follow up studies the rates remain 95 percent and above for success. Individual doctors determine whether not to do a LASIK surgery on a diabetic patient. Eye conditions that develop with age in people with diabetes may not be prevented by a LASIK surgery. With the fully informed consent and a good understanding of the risks, LASIK surgery becomes possible in some patients.

Intralase LASIK

Many ophthalmologists, if they agree to do a LASIK surgery on a diabetic patient, will insist on the Intralase method. Interlase lasers have a high level of precision. Its pamphlets state contraindications only for uncontrolled diabetes. The surgery has a blade-free approach using a femtosecond laser which makes a flap necessary to correct vision below the surface of the cornea. No cutting happens. It creates bubbles in the tissue to create the flap.


It remains possible in Houston for a diabetic patient to receive a LASIK surgery. More caution and care goes into the process of it to ensure a high rate of success, but some diabetic patients can have the surgery. Call today and make a consultation appointment with the good staff at Houston LASIK. See what options become available for your eyes.

Houston Lasik leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Houston Lasik, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478.



Effects of diabetes mellitus on the eye

Abdel Khalik ElsaadaniHatem MareyNermeen Badawy and Safinaz Omran

Menoufia Medical Journal. 28.4 (October-December 2015): p884.

Laser in-situ keratomileusis in patients with diabetes mellitus: a review of the literature

Rachel G. SimpsonMajid MoshirfarJason N. Edmonds and Steven M. Christiansen

Clinical Ophthalmology. 6 (Annual 2012): p1665+.

Sterling Municipal Online Library ( can access through Harris County Library System) has online professional journals