12 doctors weighed in:

Can wearing contact lenses reduce your chance of getting lasik eye surgery in the future?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Generally speaking wearing contact lenses does not affect the chance of being a good lasik candidate.
There are extremely rare circumstances when this might not be true.

In brief: No

Generally speaking wearing contact lenses does not affect the chance of being a good lasik candidate.
There are extremely rare circumstances when this might not be true.
Dr. John Odette
Dr. John Odette
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not usually

Contact kens wear should not affect your candidacy unless you develop an infection/ corneal scarring.

In brief: Not usually

Contact kens wear should not affect your candidacy unless you develop an infection/ corneal scarring.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. David Sachs
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Contacts unless they caused severe infections that resulted in cornea scarring should not prevent you from having lasik.
That being said depending on the type of contacts that you are wearing it is important that you not wear them for a specific amount of time so that the measurements that are taken of your eye are not affected.

In brief: No

Contacts unless they caused severe infections that resulted in cornea scarring should not prevent you from having lasik.
That being said depending on the type of contacts that you are wearing it is important that you not wear them for a specific amount of time so that the measurements that are taken of your eye are not affected.
Dr. David Sachs
Dr. David Sachs
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Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not necessarily

Usually not. I agree with the other eyemds here.
Soft contact lenses should be removed for about a week prior to measurements for lasik and hard or gas perm lenses should be out for 3 weeks. I have operated on some ceos and executives who could not take the time out of their contacts prior to lasik and they usually have done just fine but it's more accurate to test after 1-3 weeks out.

In brief: Not necessarily

Usually not. I agree with the other eyemds here.
Soft contact lenses should be removed for about a week prior to measurements for lasik and hard or gas perm lenses should be out for 3 weeks. I have operated on some ceos and executives who could not take the time out of their contacts prior to lasik and they usually have done just fine but it's more accurate to test after 1-3 weeks out.
Dr. John Jarstad
Dr. John Jarstad
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not usually

The main concern with wearing contact lenses is to check with your eyemd and be certain that you leave the cls out for a sufficient time peroid so that they can get accurate measurements of your corneal surface.
Certain types of cls change the shape of the eye and that could impact on your outcome with lasik surgery.

In brief: Not usually

The main concern with wearing contact lenses is to check with your eyemd and be certain that you leave the cls out for a sufficient time peroid so that they can get accurate measurements of your corneal surface.
Certain types of cls change the shape of the eye and that could impact on your outcome with lasik surgery.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Dr. Beth Friedland
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