If you have been thinking about having a LASIK consultation, and you are a person who wears contact lenses, then here is a quick tip for you when you go in for your consult. When you wear lenses for an extended period of time whether they are hard or soft lenses, they can warp the shape of your corneas. For this reason it is important when considering LASIK and going for your consultation that you abide by the standard “lenses out” time frame. This will ensure that you have an accurate measurement for procedure day (the measurements which will be programmed into the laser that are custom to your vision and prescription). The time frame is roughly as follows:
- If you wear soft lenses they should be out for about 7-10 days
- If you wear hard lenses it will take approx. 4 weeks for every 10 years you have been wearing them
- If you use extended wear it will take approx. 14-20 days
A consultation to determine whether or not you are a candidate can still be completed if you have not taken a break from your lenses, however your procedure day may be cancelled or postponed pending your measurement results. If you have any questions about your lenses or anything else to do with your procedure or consultation, don’t hesitate to ask upon booking to make sure that you are fully prepared.