Dec 04

Is it safe to wear contact lenses after eyelid surgery?

How Long Does it Usually Take?

After blepharoplasty, we need to wait a few weeks before using contacts again. The majority of plastic surgeons advise waiting 3-4 weeks. However, everything depends upon several elements.   The best decision is to wait until our eyes are totally recovered. This, of course, will differ from patient to patient. Some medical professionals tell clients that it’s okay to start wearing them as soon as 10 days after eyelid surgery.

When you are able to return to wearing contact lenses, it’s best to pull up on the upper eyelid rather than pulling down on the lower one. The doctor will show the patient exactly how to do it. Using care and placing the contact lens properly is one small preventative measure that should be made to make sure recovery continues properly.

Other Preventative Measures

It might make it more difficult to put in contact lenses if the patient experiences more than normal swelling after the blepharoplasty procedure. The swelling might make it challenging and unpleasant. If this is the case, hold off on using the contacts until the swelling goes down further. There’s no reason to rush this issue and cause any complications.

Another thing to consider is that you may experience dry eyes after the procedure. This is due to the fact that the area is still in recovery, which means that the entire eye area is more susceptible to inflammation. Once again, be careful about putting in contact lenses up until it is entirely comfortable to do so. Do not force it and speak to the doctor if any complications arise.

Blepharoplasty and Glasses

Since the patient needs to wait when it comes to using contacts, glasses are the option to go to initially. Eyelid surgery shouldn’t have any effect whatsoever on the patient’s ability to wear glasses. The most important thing is to talk through these issues with the chosen surgeon prior to surgery. The post-op meeting is usually scheduled for five to seven days after the blepharoplasty procedure.   The purpose of this is for the physician to make sure that the patient is recovering correctly. This is the time to continue the discussion about wearing contacts after eyelid surgery. Any adjustments to the initially agreed upon time period can be made based on how the patient is doing with the healing process.