How long should I stop wearing contacts before a laser eye surgery?

It depends. It depends. If you are wearing soft contact lenses, generally 2 weeks is adequate. For toric contacts or gas permeable contacts, 3 or more weeks may be required. If you wore the old pmma contacts for decades, it could take longer. The best rule of thumb is to have the shape of the eye tested (topography) and have that repeated when out of contacts to prove that the shape is stable and not shifting.
2-4 weeks. If you are a soft lens wearer, most require that you refrain from contacts for 2 weeks. If you are a hard lens wearer (or gas permeable) then most require 4 weeks prior to surgery. You might be required to have a re-measure of the eye surface after this interval to get the best result.

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Does having laser eye surgery have any long or short term side effects?

What kind of laser? If for diabetic retinopathy, it may slow the progession of retinopathy, hence delaying blindness. Aggressive diabetes control is essential. What ever it takes under the supervision of a pcp or endocrinologist eager to treatit well. Most important, is your aggresive desire to treat it (cant wish good results. You need to go the extra mile for the rest of your life). Read more...

Considering laser eye surgery. How effective is it and how long does it last? Does it help for astigmatism too?

Yes, generally. So long as you're a good candidate (which will be determined from your per-surgical testing & exam) you will likely have excellent results including correction of most cases of astigmatism. The results will probably last into you 40's when some degree of presbyopia (trouble with near focusing) will start. Discuss the specifics of your situation with your ophthalmologist. Read more...

I have just had a consultation for laser eye surgery, as my long distance vision is so good but my near vision is poor, it has been recommended that I only treat one eye. This means I have one good eye of each. I have been wearing a tempory contact in the

Monovision. Monovision is the term for one eye corrected for distance (it may be natural as in your case) and one eye corrected for near which allows for reasonable vision at all distances to compensate for older age sight (presbyopia). When I do this, i insist that my patients mimic this with contact lenses for a couple of weeks to see if it works for them. Read more...
Monovision. You are currently trailing a contact lens to give you monovision (one eye distance, one eye near). It is a common treatment for patients in your scenario (good distance but having trouble reading). Read more...

How long after laser eye surgery can I start wearing eye makeup again?

Usually a week. There are two broad types of laser eye surgery: those with a flap called lasik, and those done without a flap - prk & lasek. Lasik heals rapidly and in some cases makeup can even be applied the next day, but generally a week off is recommended while eyedrops are being administered. For prk/lasek initial healing is slower, and drops are usually administered for a month or longer. Read more...
Speak to your surgeo. Speak to your surgeon, but typically within a few days you could do what ever you want including eye makeup. Read more...

How old do you need to be to get laser eye surgery? Do you need to be a certain age? My eyes are still changing and my vision is getting worse, but I'm interested in getting corrective surgery. How long do I need to wait after getting glasses?

It . It is a good idea to wait until you're after 18 years of age. Your glasses prescription should be stable for at least 6 months. Consider coming to temecula, ca where you can be evaluated by our cornea specialist and enjoy wine country. Visit our website for more information: www.Eye-socal.Com. Read more...
The . The food and drug administration (fda) has approved laser vision correction after age 21. Should should definitely wait until at least that age, although some people's eyes change until their mid to late 20's. Make sure your vision is stable before proceeding. Your ophthalmologist should see you 2 years in a row to make sure that things are stable before performing laser vision correction. But again, i would wait until at least age 21. Read more...