Patient suitability for laser vision correction

16 December 2014

Patients considerring the option of laser vision correction will have friends, family or aquantances who've undergone the procedure and witnessed its benefits. All agree they agree that safety is paramount.  Unfortunately a group of patients attending this assessment are unsuitable for laser vision correction. Atlhough disappointing, they appreciate that not proceeding is in their best interests. 

Keratoconus or its precursor condition, forme fruste keratoconus, are relatively common causes for a patient being unsuitable. A recent report indicated that 2.5% patients presenting to an Australian clinic for laser vision correction had either of these conditions making them unsuitable.  Interestingly, patients with these conditions are over-represented in the population presenting for laser vision correction assessment. 

The rate of this condition in the general population in comparison, is only 0.05%