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Question:
Can I wear contacts after my retinal tear surgery?

Answer:
The short answer is yes. This assumes that no cutting was done (which would be unusual today), that you are adept at removing and inserting the lenses, and that nothing is in the postoperative eyedrops which could either ruin your contact lenses or concentrate on them, causing ocular irritation. Remember that not every retinal tear treatment is successful, and some patients go on to retinal detachments despite excellent treatment. If you do use the lenses and the treatment fails, do not blame the contacts. Good scarring occurs more quickly after laser treatment than cryo (freezing). These rules are general, so always follow the advice of your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.).

Answered by: Richard G. Shugarman, MDDr. Richard Shugarman

Categories: Vision Correction, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Apr 30, 2013

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