Lasik in 2000, Ectasia Left Eye Nine Years Later, now 20/40 with GVR Scleral Lens

This patient underwent LASIK surgery in both eyes in 2000. 9 years later he noted that the vision in his left eye began to deteriorate. Over the years he visited several eye doctors who were unable to diagnose his problem or help improve his vision. An eye doctor in our community referred this patient to us last year. At his initial visit his visual acuity was 20/25 in his right eye and 20/800 in his left eye. We diagnosed his left eye with a condition known as post-LASIK corneal ectasia. This condition is characterized by a protrusion or bulging of the cornea. This condition can occur months to years after the LASIK surgery was done. This patient's left eye was fit with a GVR lens which is allowing his left eye to see clearly (20/40) and comfortably. I expect that the visual acuity in this patient's left eye to improve over the coming months as his visual system adjusts to the newly improved vision. As long as this patient wears the lens in his left eye, he will never need to undergo corneal transplant surgery.