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Laser eye surgery is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people look to free themselves from their glasses or contact lenses. There are two main types of laser eye surgery, Lasik and Lasek. The vast majority of people choose to have Lasik because it has a far quicker and more comfortable recovery period. Most people can return to work and normal activities within 48 hours of having Lasik, whereas it can take up to a week to recover from Lasek surgery. In some instances your surgeon may insist that you have Lasik--if, for example, you are involved in contact sports.
Can people with diabetes have laser eye surgery? The simple answer is "It depends." The concerns are as follows:
The only way you can learn for certain if you are suitable for surgery is by going for a laser eye surgery consultation. Different clinics and different surgeons have slightly different criteria as to what is acceptable and what is not. Most surgeons will at least expect diabetics to have the following:
Thousands of diabetics have successfully had laser eye surgery, but it comes down to the surgeon to decide if he/she is willing to carry out the treatment under your particular circumstances. If you have no diabetic retinopathy and your blood sugars are well controlled, chances are that you will be suitable. The only way you will know for certain is by seeking a consultation.
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