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Histoplasmosis and LASIK

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  • Posted By: lludwig
  • August 5, 2008
  • 02:37 PM

I was diagnosed about 13 years ago with ocular histoplasmosis. At the time, I had an enlarged blind spot in my right eye that went away about a week later. I now have histo spots on my retina that every new doctor responds with 'were you raised around chickens.' Which, incidentally, I was not. I have not had any problems with my vision since, just the presence of histo spots. I have two questions. First, I would like to have LASIK done, but not sure if this will aggravate the histo spots. Second, if I have the histo spots, will it inevitably lead to blindness? Since I have not had vision problems, I don't have it checked regularly. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • You might be able to get Lasik but if you're like me with your histoplasmosis, they will probably tell you that your cornea is to this and suggest you get something called PRK or something like that. It's somewhat the same thing but it takes longer to heal from. Hope this helps you!http://www.lolotheveggie.webs.com/ocular.htm
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  • I was looking for information re: ocular histoplasmosis and saw your post. I just had Lasik on July 15, 2011 after having been diagnosed with POHS a while back with no problems--I had no idea there was anything wrong with my eyes, other than being farsighted. I wore contacts for 20+ years but they were becoming increasingly uncomfortable, possibly related to the POHS. The Lasik surgeon was aware of my POHS and said I was still a good candidate for Lasik... well 3 weeks later, I am nearly blind in my left eye, as my formerly latent histo is now raging. I will need to have injections every 6 weeks, to stop further progression of the fluid blocking my retina, possibly for the rest o my life. I had the first injection into my eye yesterday. It is expensive and quite unpleasant, but certainly better than going blind. They can't say if I will recover my vision in the affected eye, which is horriblly inconvenient, particularly becuase my work is computer and paperwork, and I cannot read or see my computer clearly even with reading glasses. It also has affected my night driving and depth perception. If I could do it over I would not have gotten Lasik and I am surprised that my very reputable lasik surgeon wasn't aware of this potential danger.
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    • August 11, 2011
    • 00:34 AM
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