Question: I Was Told That I Have a Scar on my Cornea and Glasses or Contacts Wouldn’t Help. Would Lasik Help?

Answer: It is likely that if you were told that you have a scar that the scar is not visible cosmetically and may not affect vision at all. In this case, there is really no need to treat the scar. It is like having a birth mark that nobody sees and doesn’t affect you.

LASIK would likely not eliminate the scar either since it creates a flap which is then replaced after the surgery. PRK could potentially treat the scar. In PRK, the corneal epithelium is removed and the underlying tissue is treated with a laser. Following treatment, a bandage contact lens is placed over the cornea and the epithelium grows back. A surface scar on the cornea can be eliminated via this procedure.

Unless the scar is large and central, it often has no impact on vision.