Psychiatric disorders may not impact LASIK outcomes

REFRACTIVE SURGERY/  Posted on the OSN Super Site April 3, 2012


Patients with preoperatively diagnosed psychiatric disorders achieved good results after LASIK surgery, with no remarkable complications, according to a study.

“Our study shows that patients with severe psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder) who are stable can be good candidates for LASIK,” the researchers said. “It is important to detect and exclude patients who are not diagnosed or reported.”

The retrospective study included 156 eyes of 82 patients who underwent LASIK to treat a myopic spherical equivalent. All patients were diagnosed preoperatively with bipolar disorder (79 eyes of 42 patients), schizophrenia (61 eyes of 32 patients) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (16 eyes of 8 patients).

The mean preoperative spherical equivalent was -3.92 D in the bipolar disorder group, -3.45 D in the schizophrenia group and -3.39 D in the obsessive-compulsive disorder group.

At the final post op visit, a spherical equivalent of ±0.5 D was obtained in 85.71% of eyes in the bipolar disorder group, 88.52% of eyes in the schizophrenia group, and 93.75% of eyes in the obsessive-compulsive disorder group.