LASIK, Glaucoma & High Blood Pressure

Posted by administration on July 8, 2015


If you have been considering having LASIK vision correction in Rapid City, your eye health is one aspect that will be examined to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure.

For example, people who have glaucoma in Rapid City may be advised against LASIK. Glaucoma patients have increased eye pressure and the LASIK procedure may raise intraocular pressure if suction is applied during the creation of the corneal flap. However, only a trained ophthalmologist can determine for sure if having LASIK with your specific glaucoma diagnosis is feasible and safe – or if another type of refractive surgery is advised. This can be determined during a free LASIK Consultation at Great Plains Eye Specialistsin Rapid City.

LASIK & High Blood Pressure

A new study by researchers in Australia has found that long term hypertension increases a person’s susceptibility to glaucoma. In the past it was thought that high blood pressure could actually counteract high eye pressure by raising blood pressure levels for a short time. However, this has only appeared to work for younger patients.

What the study showed is that chronic hypertension may damage the eye’s blood vessels and limit the eye’s capacity to cope with elevated pressure.  

So, if you have high blood pressure, you may want to schedule an eye exam to ensure that you are not developing the “silent” condition of glaucoma. You can also find out if you can have LASIK with your high blood pressure.

If you are tired of wearing glasses or contacts, and want to pursue the option of LASIK, schedule a free LASIK Consultation at Great Plains Eye Specialiststoday to find out if your overall health, eye health and eye characteristics are right for the procedure. Call 605-718-5123 or


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