Many people ask, why do you have to stop wearing contacts before LASIK? That’s a fair question! Contact lenses can distort the shape of the front surface of your eye, the cornea, and corneal measurements are crucial in LASIK calculations.
What happens if you wear your contacts before Lasik?
Contact lenses cause corneal swelling that could affect the accuracy of important measurements of your eyes prior to surgery. Contact lenses can cause dry eyes. Dry eyes can affect healing after surgery.
How long can I not wear contacts before Lasik?
How long you must go without your contacts prior to your LASIK appointment will depend on what type of contact lenses you wear. Typically, if you wear soft contact lenses you will need to discontinue wearing them about two weeks prior. For toric or rigid soft lenses, the timeframe is around three weeks.
Can I use eye drops before LASIK?
One day before your LASIK procedure, begin using eye drops as prescribed. It is very important to keep your eyes moist when preparing for LASIK. Take antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops as directed by your surgeon. Also, make sure to bring these drops on the day of your procedure.
Can wearing contacts thin your cornea?
Conclusions: Soft contact lenses and rigid gas-permeable contact lenses cause corneal thickening and corneal flattening in the first months, but they cause corneal thinning and corneal steepening with time. These alterations can be evaluated as evidence that contact lenses negatively influence corneal physiology.
What does LASIK feel like?
Fortunately, LASIK eye surgery is not painful. Right before your procedure, your surgeon will place numbing eye drops into both of your eyes. While you may still feel a little bit of pressure during the procedure, you should not feel any pain.
How much does LASIK cost?
On average, LASIK costs range between $2,000 to $3,000 per eye and is not covered by insurance because the procedure is deemed cosmetic or elective. LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a popular eye surgery that corrects vision in people who are farsighted, nearsighted, or have astigmatism.
How long is recovery after LASIK?
The immediate recovery period for LASIK generally lasts six to 12 hours, but it varies by patient, depending on several factors. Most patients see clearly within 24 hours after vision correction surgery, but others take two to five days to recover.
Can I use my phone after LASIK?
Give Your Eyes some Downtime after LASIK
You’ll want to rest your eyes for the first day of your recovery in order to give them a chance to heal properly. As part of this rest, we recommend that you avoid looking at screens of any kind — TV, phone, computer or tablet — for 24 hours after LASIK.
Can you wear deodorant to LASIK?
During your LASIK surgery
Please come dressed warmly and comfortably, and refrain from wearing anything fuzzy. Also, do not wear any fragrances; including perfume, hair spray, hair gel, cologne, aftershave, liquid fabric softener, lotions, moisturizers, and oils. You may use shampoo, conditioner and deodorant.
What medication do they give you before LASIK?
The eye drops are antibiotics (to help prevent infection) and anti-inflammatory (to reduce swelling and discomfort). The drops also help to dilate the eye so the laser can better track it. Before the procedure starts, you have the option of taking 10mg of valium to help you relax.
Can you wear contact lenses forever?
The maximum time that any lens has been approved to wear continuously is 30 days. You should never wear a lens longer than that. If you have to sleep in your lenses, most eye doctors will encourage you to take them out as often as possible, or at least once per week.
Is it bad to wear contacts everyday?
Don’t Overwear Your Daily Lenses
Wearing your lenses for long periods of time can damage your eyes, even if they’re daily contacts. The maximum recommended daily use for any contact lens is 14-16 hours, though Jonathon Jimmerson, OD will determine the exact number of hours you should wear your lenses.
Do contacts cause long term damage?
With continued use of improperly fitted contact lenses, permanent vision damage can occur including abrasions, infections, vision loss, and an inability for your eye to tolerate contact lenses.