LASIK after cataract

LASIK vs. Cataract Surgery: Can You Have Both?

Considering Cataract Surgery After LASIK?

Many people who have undergone LASIK eye surgery to correct their vision in their younger years wonder if they can still have cataract surgery later in life. The answer is YES!! What many people do not know is that you can have LASIK even after cataract surgery if you have a residual correction that needs refined.

Understanding the Difference:

  • LASIK Surgery: This procedure reshapes the cornea, the clear dome at the front of the eye, to improve your ability to focus light and achieve clearer vision.
  • Cataract Surgery: This procedure replaces the clouded natural lens of the eye, located behind the iris, with a clear artificial lens, restoring vision clarity.
LASIK and Cataracts

Cataract Surgery for Non-LASIK Patients:

For those who haven’t had LASIK, cataract surgery usually offers a straightforward and predictable outcome. The implanted lens can often replace the need for distance vision glasses, though reading glasses may still be required.

Cataract Surgery After LASIK:

Even with LASIK history, modern technology allows for precise eye measurements to ensure you have a  successful cataract surgery. It can effectively address vision concerns even for individuals who have undergone LASIK previously. While complete LASIK records are ideal for optimal lens selection, alternative approaches are available to achieve a successful outcome.

Seeking Professional Advice:

If you have further questions about LASIK, cataracts, or your individual eligibility for either surgery, consult a qualified eye care professional. They can assess your specific situation and provide personalized guidance.


Bishop, S. (2023, August 18). Cataract Surgery is Possible for Most People Who’ve Had LASIK. Mayo Clinic News Network.