Lasik in 2000, Ectasia Suddenly Eight Years Later

This is a profile photo of a cornea that underwent LASIK surgery in 2000. The "beer belly" shape is due to a condition known as post-LASIK corneal ectasia. The bulging out of the cornea took place 8 years after this eye underwent LASIK surgery. For 8 years this eye was able to provide very good vision. The ectasia took place in a rather sudden manner over a period of 4 weeks. Besides loosing significant vision, the ripple effect of this condition created other ocular issues. For the past 6 years this patient has been wearing GVR Scleral lenses which have restored a significant amount of quality vision once again. This eye will have to be watched very carefully with periodic examinations for the rest of this patient's life to make sure that the ocular health is maintained so that corneal transplant surgery will not need to be done.