Can I Wear Contact Lenses After Laser Eye Surgery?

The good news is that, in most cases, it's safe to don contact lenses after laser eye surgery. It is recommended to wait six months before considering the use of cosmetic contact lenses and it is essential that you consult your optometrist before using them. The bottom line is that YES, you can wear contact lenses after LASIK if you want to. And there are certain occasions when you may choose to do so.

As an expert in the field of laser eye surgery, I can tell you that it is rare for a surgeon to recommend wearing contact lenses after LASIK. This is because of the changes that the procedure brings about, such as creating a flap and remodeling the cornea, which can have negative effects when contact lenses are used. As a result, there are several challenges in placing contact lenses in these patients. Traditional soft lenses are not usually an option; rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses, inverse-geometry lenses, or a combination of “cumulative” lenses are generally required. In addition, these patients require more appointments and follow-up to ensure a proper fit.

Individual results depend on several factors, including the unique way the corneas respond to laser energy and the way the eyes heal after surgery. If you've had LASIK surgery and are starting to experience changes in your vision, talk to your eye doctor about contact lens options. We look forward to working with you to determine the best eye surgery or non-surgical treatment for your individual needs. These eyewear products were designed to protect the eyes after the procedure, giving them the best chance of healing.

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