Do I have to stop wearing contacts before cataract surgery?

If you wear contact lenses, you must stop wearing both soft and rigid (including gas permeable and standard hard) contacts prior to your appointment with the Doctor. Stop wearing RIGID contacts 3 weeks prior and stop wearing SOFT 1 week prior to your appointment.

Why do I need to stop wearing contacts before cataract surgery?


This is done because the contact lens rests on the cornea, distorting its shape, and this distortion will have an effect on the accuracy of the doctor’s measurements of the power of surgical correction needed.

Can I wear contacts before eye surgery?

You’ll be asked to abstain from wearing contact lenses before a LASIK surgery. How long you’ll need to be out of contacts depends on their material. For soft lenses, you will need to be out of your contacts for 5 to 7 days leading up to your pre-operative exam and surgery.

Is it OK to wear contact lenses with cataracts?

Contact lenses can be a preferable option for many people, but there are some eye health issues and visual conditions that require certain precautions when wearing these lenses. Wearing contact lenses after you have had cataracts removed surgically is not an issue as long as the eyes have had enough time to heal.

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What should I wear before cataract surgery?

Wear warm, comfortable, and practical clothing (avoid high heels) on the day of your surgery. Flat shoes with good, non-slip treading are best. You’ll be given a gown to wear over your clothes and will not need to get changed for the procedure.

How soon after cataract surgery can you wear contact lenses?

You will need to wait at least one month before you can begin wearing contact lenses after your cataract surgery. This should give you enough time for your eye to heal and your vision to stabilise.

What happens to your eyes when you stop wearing contacts?

Contact lenses alter the shape of the cornea. The cornea will resume its shape if you stop wearing contacts, but those changes can take several weeks to take place.

How long should I leave my contact lenses out before an eye test?

Having your lenses in during the exam can make it harder for them to determine the prescription you need. If you are going for a routine eye exam, it’s best to remove your contact lenses at least 2 hours before your scheduled appointment.

How many years does LASIK last?

LASIK can last a lifetime, 20 years, or 10 years. The lasting effects of the procedure depend upon multiple factors, including the age of the patient at the time of the procedure and medical conditions that one may develop as one ages that may affect eyesight.

Can surgeons wear contacts?

Do surgeons wear contacts? Yes, some surgeons wear contacts. Deciding on contacts over glasses is a personal choice.

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Does cataract surgery restore 20/20 Vision?

It is a relatively quick procedure with a fast recovery time that restores a person’s quality of life. Some patients ask if they will have 20/20 vision after the procedure. Most patients can achieve 20/20 vision as long as they have no other conditions.

Is cataract surgery painful?

Cataract surgery is not painful. While patients are awake during surgery, there is little or no discomfort involved. A mild sedative may be administered before the surgery, which calms the nerves, and eye drops are used to numb the eye.

How do you shower after cataract surgery?

You can take a shower or bath 24 hours after your surgery. Do not get water or soap in your eye. Keep your eye closed while you shower. Use a clean washcloth every time and normal tap water to clean secretions from your lashes or the corner of your eye.

What if I sneeze during cataract surgery?

If you sneeze, move or blink during the treatment, the laser tracks your eye over one thousand times per second and adjusts the laser to make certain the laser is applied to exactly the right place. So, there is no reason to worry if you sneeze during LASIK.