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If necessary, can I wear contact lenses after LASIK?

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If you wore contact lenses successfully before LASIK, in most cases you'll be able to wear them with equal success after LASIK. However, if you had trouble wearing contacts before LASIK, you'll probably experience the same problems after the surgery.

Your corneas should be able to tolerate contact lenses (including cosmetic-tint contact lenses to enhance or change your eye color) as well after LASIK as before it. However, in some cases the shape of your corneas may be significantly changed by LASIK surgery, which could affect your ability to be fit with contact lenses after the procedure.

If you are over forty and have had LASIK to correct nearsightedness, you may have to wear contact lenses that allow you to see up close. There are other types of presbyopia treatments, including presbyopia surgery,  that may allow you to go without contact lenses altogether.

Note: This information is for general education purposes only. It is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice from your eye doctor or refractive surgeon.

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