Why should I take out my contact lenses prior to my refractive surgery consultation? By Kristina Oneill on October 29, 2013

Some patients do not like going without their contact lenses because they have really old eye glasses or just the mere thought of going anywhere with glasses is annoying!  We understand completely.  Many patients simply take their contacts at at the consultation appointment.   We are able to give you a rough idea of candidacy and you can continue on from there.  Many patients don’t mind removing their contacts for the specified period of time before their consult.  If that’s the case, when you come in for your consultation, chances are that we will be able to more accurately determine candidacy at that visit.

Why should I take out my contact lenses prior to my refractive surgery consultation?  

Some patients do not like going without their contact lenses because they have really old eye glasses or just the mere thought of going anywhere with glasses is annoying!  We understand completely.  Many patients simply take their contacts at at the consultation appointment.   We are able to give you a rough idea of candidacy and you can continue on from there.  Many patients don’t mind removing their contacts for the specified period of time before their consult.  If that’s the case, when you come in for your consultation, chances are that we will be able to more accurately determine candidacy at that visit.

Time out of contacts varies by type of contact lens. Soft spherical daily wear contact lenses should be discontinued for two weeks.  Extended wear and soft toric daily wear contact lenses should be discontinued for three weeks.  RGP contacts should be discontinued for variable amounts of time. The usual rule of thumb with RGP wear is to discontinue use at 1 month for every decade of wear.

Just think to yourself: A lifetime of better vision without the need to rely on glasses or contact lenses ever again.  The time out of your contacts will be worth it! Soft spherical daily wear contact lenses should be discontinued for two weeks.  Extended wear and soft toric daily wear contact lenses should be discontinued for three weeks.  RGP contacts should be discontinued for variable amounts of time. The usual rule of thumb with RGP wear is to discontinue use at 1 month for every decade of wear.

Just think to yourself: A lifetime of better vision without the need to rely on glasses or contact lenses ever again.  The time out of your contacts will be worth it!

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