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A male asked:

can you wear contacts lenses after cataract surgery? i have always worn contact lenses instead of glasses. after my cataract surgery, will i be able to wear contact lenses? if so, how long do i need to wait after my surgery to begin wearing them again?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alma Murphy
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
The : The lens implant that is placed in the eye with cataract surgery should reduce or eliminate the need for optical correction after surgery. While it is certainly possible to wear contact lenses after cataract surgery, it is usually not necessary. You should review the lens implant options that are available.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Cataract surgery: You have a good chance that you may not need either after surgery. It takes a little time for your prescription to stabilize so i typically wait about 1 month before prescribing glasses or contact lenses.
Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Easy answer-yes: I would hope that your cataract surgery corrected your distance vision, or both distance and near vision with the intraocular implant placed in your eye durung surgery.. There would be no need for contacts post operatively. If you needed an additional correction after cataract surgery, contact lenses could be used about 6 to 8 weeks post op.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Yes: Most often your refractive error (the need for contacts) can be corrected with the cataract surgery, and you will not need contacts. But if you do, i recommend waiting 30 days before wearing contacts. See your eye doctor to determine power and when.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

If I get cataract surgery will I still need glasses?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
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It all depends: Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy natural lens of the eye with an implant that never clouds up. There are different lens types available - from the basic type that usually requires you to wear glasses after surgery, to multifocal and accommodating lenses that provide glasses freedom in the vast majority of cases. Seek out an eye doctor with a lot of experience implanting these lenses.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why do the doctors wait for 4 weeks or more before prescribing glasses following cataract surgery?

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Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Wrong Rx: If a spectacle prescription is given too soon after cataract surgery, the corneal may continue to change shape due to wound healing. An early prescription can change, resulting in increased cost to you. Some opticians will allow an rx change for free and in that case an early prescription may be warranted.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why does someone need those thick glasses after cataract surgery and why?

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Cataract Surgery: Cataract surgery has advanced tremendously in the last few decades. Years ago artificial intraocular implants (iol) had not been invented ; patients were left aphakic (no iol placed). Today, some patients are left aphakic for various reasons. Thick glasses are needed (often temporarily) to give the eye the power/magnification needed. Thick glasses do not have to be a permanent condition in most.

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