You asked: Can you wear contacts right before cataract surgery?

The short answer is that contact lenses should not be worn until the refraction is stable. The practical answer is that contact lenses should not be worn for 1 week before refractive surgery measurements. The official answer is 2 weeks for regular and 3 weeks for toric DWSCL and EWSCL patients.

Can you wear contact lens 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.

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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.

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.

Does wearing contacts affect cataracts?

First, let me put your mind to rest that the wearing of contact lenses has nothing to do with the development of cataracts. There are many different types of cataracts, and some of them have specific causes while others develop without ophthalmologists ever having any evidence as to why they occurred.

When should you stop wearing contacts?

Both of these types of contact lenses are designed to protect the eye and trap moisture. However, if your dry eye symptoms are severe, your eye doctor may ask you to stop wearing contacts. If your eyes aren’t producing enough quality tears, contacts may continue to be a problem despite what you try.

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.

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Can surgeons wear contacts?

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

How long after cataract surgery can I wear contacts?

Cornea less altered by soft lenses

Cataract patients need to keep them out of their eyes for at least three to seven days prior to their appointment versus three to four weeks for hard lens wearers.

How soon can 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.

How many days rest needed after cataract surgery?

While each person heals differently, many patients report drastically better vision within the first 24 hours of the procedure. Plan on taking one to three days off of work to be sure you have enough time to rest, but it is normal to resume most normal activities within a couple of days.