Can I wear cosmetic contact lenses after LASIK?
I get this question quite a lot. If you were to ask your friends, I believe that more than 50% of them will tell you “no”.
It depends on the amount of short-sightedness you have and the curvature of your cornea before LASIK. These 2 numbers will tell the doctor if you can still wear contact lenses after LASIK. Your cornea will be less curved after LASIK, if it is flatter than the lenses available from your optical shop, the lens will fit poorly on your eye and you will find it rather uncomfortable. Therefore you will need to custom make a contact lens to sit nicely on your flat cornea. This will cost quite a fair bit.
Some people think the answer is no because the lens may damage the cornea flap. This is true if the person were to use the lens in the first week and remove the lens by pinching too hard on the cornea. I would suggest not to cosmetic contact lenses in the first month after LASIK so as to reduce the chance of injuring the cornea flap. Having said this, I use a medical grade contact lens to protect the cornea flap in some cases in the first 24 hours. This lens is placed in very gently and also removed very gently with a sterile instrument.
So, if you are interested to know, ask your doctor this question when you go for your pre-LASIK assessment. He will be able to tell whether you can still wear lenses after your LASIK by looking at the data of your eyes.
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