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Question:
My 18-year-old son has a history of hyperopia and astigmatism, and amblyopia in his right eye. Would it be possible to have laser eye surgery to correct his vision? I understand he will need to be at least 20 years old. His sight is r 6/24 and l 6/24 uncorrected. He is keen to join the police force and vision needs to be 6/9 for corrected vision. Can his vision be improved to this degree? 

Answer:
Amblyopia is a form of "lazy eye" such that glasses and contact lenses are limited in the normalization of vision. That means that even with the best eyeglasses correction or contact lens correction the eye does not see like it should see. Laser eye surgery (LASIK and PRK) can only do for the vision what glasses or contact lenses can do. They will not correct the laziness of the eye. I suggest you discuss this with your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.).

Answered by: Wayne Bizer, DODr. Wayne Bizer

Categories: Vision Correction, Eye Surgery

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