Can LASIK Surgery Affect Depth Perception?

By William Holcomb on June 11, 2017

An eye analyzed with a laserAt Holcomb Laser Center, we always make sure patients get the treatment they need to enjoy excellent vision. Clear vision and healthy eyes means getting custom care. Thanks to our state-of-the-art approach to LASIK and laser eye surgery, people throughout Cullman are able to experience safe and effective vision correction.

In addition to common refractive errors, many patients struggle with depth perception. We'd like to take a few moments to explore these issues and go over some of the basics.

What Is Depth Perception?

Depth perception refers to a person's ability to perceive their surroundings in three dimensions. This helps people differentiate the distance between various objects, particularly with regard to objects that are nearby and objects that are at a distance. This can affect perception of perspective, color, visual texture, and so on.

In order to see in three dimensions, your eyes work together. Information received from both eyes are processed in the brain to provide a three-dimensional view of the world. The process in binocular vision is known as stereopsis.

Causes of Poor Depth Perception

There are many potential causes of poor depth perception. Some of these include the following:

  • Strabismus
  • Amblyopia
  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Poor vision in one eye or both eyes

How LASIK Surgery Works

In simple terms, LASIK surgery involves a laser altering the shape of the cornea to improve the passage of light through the eyes. It's commonly performed to address refractive errors, which you may know better by the following terms:

  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism

Thanks to LASIK, patients can see just fine without the aid of glasses or contact lenses.

Will LASIK Surgery Improve My Depth Perception?

LASIK can potentially improve your depth perception so long as it is related to a refractive error. A 2016 study noted that PRK (a precursor surgery that is similar to LASIK) proved effective in improving depth perception in patients who suffered from severe myopia. LASIK will likely be able to achieve similar results among patients.

Can LASIK Lead to Poor Depth Perception?

There are rare instances in which LASIK can lead to unfortunate complications that in turn have a negative impact on vision. So there is a possibility that LASIK can lead to depth perception issues.

However, these issues are quite rare. Thanks to modern technology and advanced techniques and approaches to surgery, the likelihood of serious complications has gone down immensely. LASIK and similar refractive surgeries are safer and more effective today than ever before.

Other Options for Improving Depth Perception

For people whose depth perception issues were not related to a refractive error, there are plenty of other treatment options to consider, from corrective lenses to eye surgery. The best way to find out what treatments may be best for you and your needs is to visit the practice for a consultation and eye examination. We can assess your situation and determine the most ideal approaches to improving your vision and the health of your eyes.

Learn More About LASIK

For more information about LASIK surgery and how it can help you see the world around you clearly, be sure to contact our team of eye care specialists today. The team at Holcomb Laser Center looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.

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