The goal of LASIK is to eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. After LASIK surgery, however, there are times when contacts are needed or desirable. And, if you want to, you can wear contact lenses after LASIK. And there are a couple of times when you might want to do so.
When to wear contact lenses or glasses?
Following are the situations where you may want to go for your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
1. LASIK correction that isn’t up to par
LASIK will enhance your eyesight significantly, but you may not achieve perfect 20/20 vision. While some people do accomplish this, many others achieve 20/30 or 20/40 vision, which is good enough. They could still view things at a distance or up-close without glasses. In some cases, though, you may still require or want vision correction.
The average age of a LASIK patient has been around 40 years old in the past. However, younger patients are increasingly opting for it, and they are less likely to consider presbyopia while making their decision. This is significant when you realize that presbyopia, a disorder characterized by near-vision loss, usually begins around the age of 40. As a result, a person whose vision was fully corrected while he was young by LASIK has now reached the age of presbyopia and is now again facing vision-related problems. Rather than going again for the surgery, they can use contact lenses or glasses.
3. Other Vision Changes
LASIK may not be a permanent eyesight repair operation for some patients. Presbyopia may not appear in younger LASIK patients for 20 to 30 years following their treatment. However, as the eyes age, it is possible to see regular changes in vision during this time. Patients may choose contact lenses or glasses to improve vision rather than surgery in such instances.
4. Colored Contact Lenses
A person having good eyesight following LASIK but prefers to wear color contact lenses can safely go for it.
Most LASIK surgeons advise waiting two to three months following the procedure before wearing contact lenses. Moreover, these are general points you should keep in mind.
After surgery, fitting contact lenses on eyes that have undergone major changes can be more difficult. If you want to use contacts, it’s a good idea to find an eye specialist that specializes in fitting contact lenses for hard-to-fit eyes.