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Friday, September 28, 2007 

LASIK Thought Of The Day: Pregnancy

We have avoided performing LASIK during pregnancy or nursing. Some feel it is because the refractive error (that is, the glasses or contact lens prescription) can change when the body's endocrine system is altered. We have not been impressed with refractive changes during pregnancy, or nursing. The main reason we wait has to do with the use of eyedrops, or other drugs used after LASIK. Most of these drugs are eye drops, and probably very little would cross the placenta, or enters the mother's milk. But, why take a chance. After all, LASIK is elective surgery, and it can be performed before, or after, pregnancy and nursing. The same can be said of other medical procedures. It is preferable to clear up more serious conditions before performing LASIK.
Mitchell H. Friedlaender, M.D.
Director, Scripps Clinic Laser Vision Center
La Jolla, CA

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  • Mitchell Friedlaender, M.D., is Head of the Division of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Laser Vision Center at Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, CA, and Adjunct Professor at The Scripps Research Institute. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and received his ophthalmology training at Harvard University, and the University of California, San Francisco. He was a full time faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco before joining Scripps Clinic in 1986. He is the author of 6 books and over 250 scientific articles. He has lectured at universities throughout the world on conditions such as blepharitis, allergy, dry eye, and infection. He is the recipient of the Senior Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, an honor society composed of 300 leaders in ophthalmology. He has been listed every year, since 1986, in The Best Doctors in America.
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