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Question:
Can I still wear contact lenses with early-stage glaucoma?

Answer:
As long as you have not had a trabeculectomy—a surgery typically reserved for more recalcitrant glaucoma—you should be able to wear contact lenses. However, if you are using topical medication, you should apply the medication, perform punctal occlusion for 90 seconds (close the tear ducts by applying pressure to the inner corner of your eye after you insert the drop), and wait at least ten to fifteen minutes before putting in your lenses. Many patients who have had trabeculectomy can also wear contacts, but that depends on the anatomy of the filtration site.

Answered by: James M. Heltzer, MDDr. James M. Heltzer

Categories: Glaucoma, Vision Correction

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Answered: May 20, 2013

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