Accutane Blemishes Your Potential for LASIK Surgery
has been a life-changing procedure for thousands of patients with
imperfect vision. However, no procedure is perfect, and any responsible
doctor will advise you against taking unnecessary risks. If you
suffer from acne and are using Accutane to treat your condition,
you may want to think twice about LASIK surgery.
Doctors have long advised that patients with structural abnormalities
in their eyes or diseases or conditions that affect the health
and regular functionality of the eye may not be suitable candidates
for refractive surgery. Now, thanks to a study conducted by the
University of Columbia-Missouri, doctors believe that Accutane
use also poses an added risk.
Accutane, a product of the Roche Company, is one of the most popular
acne medications on the market. But eye surgeons believe that
Accutane may encourage the development of conditions like dry
eye, and that the prolonged use of Accutane may lead to dangerous
complications after LASIK surgery. The University of Columbia
study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology’s
January edition, showed that most ophthalmologists neglect to
determine if their patients are also Accutane users. This oversight
can lead to disastrous results.
The use of Accutane as far back as six months prior to refractive
surgery may complicate the procedure and post-op recovery. LASIK
candidates that are determined to have the procedure should stop
use at least six months in advance and should discontinue use
until at least six months following surgery. This gives your eyes
an adequate time frame for recovery. Your dermatologist may be
able to recommend an alternative medication for the year surrounding
The risk also extends to patients that have already had the surgery.
If you have had LASIK within the last six months and your dermatologist
has prescribed Accutane, you may want to delay starting treatment
or seek other treatments.
Both acne treatment and refractive surgery are constantly advancing
sciences, so it is possible that a less cumbersome solution will
soon be available to patients that wish to participate in both
treatments. You may choose to wait and see if a better option
is available, or consult with your skin and eye doctors to confirm
your risk level. Do not hide this information from your surgeon,
as he has only your best interests in mind. If LASIK surgery is
a personal priority, then the safest plan is to either stop or
change your use of medication. Many LASIK patients think perfect
sight is worth the inconvenience.