Can I Get Cataract Surgery After I’ve Had LASIK?

August 27, 2021 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
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doctor inspecting elderly gentleman’s eyesMany people undergo LASIK surgery each year, reducing their dependence on prescription glasses and contact lenses. As they get older, they may develop cataracts that affect the quality of their vision. These patients often ask eye doctors if it’s possible to undergo cataract surgery after having LASIK.

Dr. Thomas J. Byrd helps people all over Detroit, Dearborn Heights, and Lincoln Park, MI, understand their eye care options. Below we’ll explore various topics related to cataract surgery and LASIK. This should answer many common questions LASIK patients have as they grow older.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a popular refractive surgery procedure. Using a safe surgical laser, an ophthalmologist can reshape the cornea, the thin transparent tissue of the eye. Doing so improves the passage of light through the eyes so that it lands on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts refer to the clouding of the naturally clear lens of the eye, causing blurry vision and other issues with your eyesight. This is the result of protein clumping together within the lens. Cataracts can develop as a result of injury, though they tend to develop slowly as part of the natural aging process.

Can I Get Cataract Surgery If I've Undergone LASIK?


The cornea and the lens are separate parts of the eye. Just because you’ve had refractive surgery in the past does not prevent you from getting your cataracts removed. Countless people do so safely every year.

Tell Your Eye Surgeon About Getting LASIK in the Past

If you need cataract surgery and have undergone LASIK, be sure to let your surgeon know. By reviewing your medical records, a custom treatment plan can be developed to account for the results of LASIK and any issues encountered.

Most importantly, knowing that LASIK was performed can potentially help with the selection of an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is used to replace the lens of the eye after it’s been removed, restoring vision in the process.

Can a Person with Cataracts Get LASIK?

No, this is a bad idea. LASIK would not restore vision for a person who currently has cataracts. The best option is to remove the cataracts themselves rather than reshape the cornea.

Can I Get LASIK After Cataract Removal?

You can potentially undergo LASIK after cataract surgery. In fact, monovision LASIK may be performed to treat presbyopia, an age-related form of farsightedness that begins around middle age.

Even though you could get LASIK after having cataracts removed, you may not need it. An IOL can correct your vision after cataract removal, and may help address issues related to presbyopia.

During your consultation, we can determine the right treatment option to address your needs.

Can LASIK Surgery Cause Cataracts?


While LASIK surgery could lead to different complications, it is not known to cause cataracts.

Learn More About Your Vision

Byrd & Wyandotte Eye Clinic offers safe and effective laser cataract surgery that provides accurate and effective results. If you have questions regarding cataracts, call (734) 284-2444 or send us a message online at your earliest convenience.

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