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Most patients are able to continue wearing contact lens after LASIK.
Due to changes in cornea shape following LASIK surgery, the optometrist can adjust the shape of the contact lens to permit a good fit between the contact lens and cornea.
Do remember though that the same precautions to prevent contact lens related complications like infections and allergies still apply.
Maintain good hygiene practice and moderate the duration of use. It is generally a misconception that patients undergoing LASIK have to sacrifice the option of wearing contact lens altogether.
Dr David Chan
Senior Consultant Eye Surgeon
Atlas Eye Specialist Centre
Will I still be able to wear contact lens after LASIK?
Yes – patients often ask this question, and in fact it is common place that post-lasik patients still love wearing colored contact lenses to give them that large-eyed “manga-doll” like look after surgery.
The same instructions about safe contact-lens use still apply. Patients are still advised to avoid over-use of contact lenses, sleeping with them in their eyes, as well as proper hygiene methods in taking care of their lenses.
If my vision deterioriates again after LASIK and my degree comes back, will I still be able to wear contact lens?
Yes – some patients do report regression of their power after Lasik, and have the option of choosing an enhancement procedure, wearing spectacles / contact lenses. Some individuals have mild regression that occurs late after surgery that fortuitously allows them to manage their presbyopia symptoms so that they do not require reading spectacles. Consult your ophthalmologist in this unlikely scenario and you can best decide your options.
As above – wearing contact lenses is still possible after Lasik, however due to the altered shape of the cornea post-Lasik, contact lenses may not fit as well, and so have a tendency to fall out especially if the eye is dry.
Dr E-Shawn Goh
Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist
Director of Oculoplastics, Orbit and Lacrimal services