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Can I wear contact lenses after scleral buckle surgery, or do I have to wait?

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Dr. Keshav Narain
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
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In brief: Eventually, you can.

Excellent question.
Generally after a scleral buckle the conjunctiva or thin layer of skin around the eye needs time to heal. It is common to have a few very fine stitches that are on the surface. Wearing a contact lens increases the risk for infection like any foreign body. It also may be difficult to do while drops are being used frequently. Best to wait till your retina doc feels it's ok.

In brief: Eventually, you can.

Excellent question.
Generally after a scleral buckle the conjunctiva or thin layer of skin around the eye needs time to heal. It is common to have a few very fine stitches that are on the surface. Wearing a contact lens increases the risk for infection like any foreign body. It also may be difficult to do while drops are being used frequently. Best to wait till your retina doc feels it's ok.
Dr. Keshav Narain
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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Wait

Scleral buckle surgery requires cutting through the conjunctiva or skin of the eye to expose the eye muscles, under which the buckle is placed.
You'll need to wait for this to heal for several week before you could tolerate a contact lens. Also, buckle surgery will likely change your prescription, so you'll need a new refraction afterwards.

In brief: Wait

Scleral buckle surgery requires cutting through the conjunctiva or skin of the eye to expose the eye muscles, under which the buckle is placed.
You'll need to wait for this to heal for several week before you could tolerate a contact lens. Also, buckle surgery will likely change your prescription, so you'll need a new refraction afterwards.
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