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Contact Lenses: Will I Need Them After Lasik?

Feb 6, 2008
After refractive or laser surgery, many Lasik Houston clients expect to have perfect 20/20 vision, yet, when it comes to Lasik eye surgery, Houston Texas patients may experience less than perfect results.

This is because people fail to heed the cautions of their surgeon in regards to the amount of time it can take for the eyes to fully heal.

While some people can have near perfect vision days after this surgery, clients can wait as long as eight to ten weeks to get their eyesight right. These individuals often experience halos and glare when driving at night shortly after their Lasik surgery in Houston Texas.

This is because some patients suffer from a form of irregular astigmatism after the procedure, which can cause headaches and problems with evening driving. It is during these times when a Houston Lasik surgeon might prescribe post-operative contact lenses.

Most of the time, this surgery has the desired result. When it doesn't, a correction procedure called an enhancement can reshape the eye. A problem can arise however, when and if your cornea is too thin for correction. This is when gas permeable contact lenses are utilized.

Unlike soft lenses, gas permeable contacts are rigid, keeping the eye's form. GP contacts are used to reshape the cornea and are usually applied by a competent surgeon.

Recently, an alternative GP contact correction had been introduced. One solution is called SynergEyes, a hybrid lens that has the correction capabilities of the GP contact with the comfort of soft contact lenses. Houston Lasik surgeons use them because they are easier to wear and can assist in the correction process with little to no discomfort.

Another technological advance is wavefront eyeglasses, which can be used after problematic surgery. The lenses called, Zon High Resolution Lenses, correct corneal abnormalities and some types of astigmatisms using wavefront measurements. Night vision can be improved with ZHR lenses and may be the best way to enhance vision after issues following this surgery.

Yes, there may be times when you have to wear contact lenses after your surgery, but some patients will only have to wear them for post operative enhancement, after which they may have the vision they desired to obtain initially with their first operation.

You should be well informed about any surgical procedure. You will be evaluated with an initial base line eye exam to see if you are a candidate. All risks and benefits should be considered before making a decision. If you are not a candidate the following may be reasons: your career; if the patient is involved in contact sports since the corneal flap may be compromised from the surgery if injured; medical history problems; immunodeficiency; age if under 18 because of refractive changes; if corneal is too thin; if patient has dry eyes and if there have been previous refractive surgery.
About the Author
At the International EyeCare Laser Center, our doctors practice LASIK only - we are specialists. Dr. Charles Moore is instrumental in the design and development of LASIK diagnostic and surgical equipment. For more information visit our site: http://www.texaslasik.com/
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