Can I Wear Color Contact Lenses After LASIK Eye Surgery?

Table of Contents:

  • What things should one keep in mind before using a colored contact lens?
  • Does LASIK Eliminate the Need for Glasses or Contact Lenses?
  • What to Expect can you wear contact lenses After LASIK, Including Imperfect Vision?


Wearing colored LASIK is one of the most often asked topics about LASIK. “Can I wear Colored Contact Lenses after LASIK?” is a question many potential Lasik candidates ask.

The LASIK procedure is designed to help you get rid of your contact lenses and glasses, but you can still use the colored lenses comfortably. If you’ve had LASIK or are considering it but prefer aesthetic lenses, this article will explain what you should keep in mind.

It should not be a problem to use a colorful lens for Halloween or a colored contact lens to improve your appearance. However, because these are non-prescription lenses, it is strongly advised that you visit your LASIK physician before starting to wear them.

You might be wondering if you can wear colored contact lenses if you’ve recently had laser eye surgery. Although you now have excellent eyesight and are no longer need to wear contact lenses daily, some people may want to use aesthetic lenses. 

At certain seasons of the year, such as Halloween, colored contact lenses that change or enhance eye color but do not correct vision are trendy.

The good news is that contact lenses can usually be worn after laser eye surgery. It is recommended that you wait six months after laser eye surgery before wearing cosmetic contact lenses and that you see your optometrist before doing so.

Because the shape of your eyes may have altered as a result of laser eye surgery, your optometrist will recommend the appropriate lens after inspecting your eyes to ensure they have fully healed.

Before using cosmetic contacts, you should visit your optometrist since wearing the wrong lens might damage or scratch the cornea, creating significant difficulties. 

When it comes to cosmetic contact lenses, there is a frequent notion that “one size fits all.” However, this isn’t the case because everyone’s eyes are different, so don’t take any chances with your eyes. Your optometrist will also recommend the best brands of colored lenses for you.

Finally, remember that you should clean your cosmetic lenses the same way you would your regular lenses. Invest in a good cleaning solution and a contact lens case. 

Clean them thoroughly before inserting them, and store them in a clean contact lens case after removing them from the eye. Replace the case and cleaning solution every three months.


What Things Should One Keep In Mind Before Using A Colored Contact Lens?

Here are some things to remember:

  • When the eyes have healed entirely following LASIK, colored contact lenses can be worn.
  • Consult your surgeon before choosing colored lenses; there are many different colored lenses, and your surgeon will assist you in choosing the ideal one for your eyes.
  • Obtain a prescription that specifies the lens’s requirements.
  • A licensed eye care expert can provide you with the lenses.
  • To ensure that the lenses are not causing any harm to your eyes, schedule follow-up eye exams with your LASIK physician.
  • Check to see if the FDA has approved the lenses.

Cosmetic contact lenses can be worn after LASIK in a group setting. If you’ve had LASIK or are considering it and have questions, you can reach out to us.


Does LASIK Eliminate the Need for Glasses or Contact Lenses?

LASIK is a laser-assisted procedure that reshapes the cornea of the eye to address refractive defects. Nearsightedness (myopia), hyperopia (hyperopia), and astigmatism are refractive defects. 

Because light is refracted differently onto the retina when the lens is distorted, images are processed improperly in the brain. You might have trouble seeing distances or focusing on close objects. 

LASIK reshapes the cornea with a directed laser, allowing crisp pictures to be refracted onto the retina.

The LASIK process is a quick outpatient operation, and you should notice a difference in your vision within a few hours of returning home. 

After the treatment, you will not be able to drive yourself home, but you will be able to drive yourself to your follow-up appointment the next day.

You may be given antibiotic eye drops and a mask to protect your eyes from being scratched or bumped at night, but you should be able to resume most of your routine activities.


What to Expect: Can You Wear Contact Lenses After LASIK, Including Imperfect Vision?

Some activities, including high-impact sports or swimming, should be avoided after LASIK surgery. You will be asked to refrain from wearing makeup or applying facial creams for several weeks since they may irritate your eyes. After the operation, your vision may change for three to six months. You may notice halos or glares surrounding lights, have dry eyes, and find it challenging to drive at night for that long.

Although LASIK will significantly enhance your eyesight, you may not achieve perfect 20/20 vision. While some people do accomplish this following LASIK, many more achieve 20/30 or 20/40 vision, which is good enough to see things at a distance and conduct up-close jobs. However, you may still require or desire vision correction in some cases.

Your visual acuity will be influenced by how well your vision was before surgery.

The less the cornea is reshaped, the easier it will be to attain good eyesight.

Your vision fluctuates for six months or less, you may need to keep your glasses with you, but contact lenses may not be necessary or desirable. Because your cornea is still mending, you should not put contact lenses in your eyes right after treatment.

But what if your eyesight is still blurry after LASIK, and you require corrective lenses? After LASIK, you can wear glasses or contact lenses, and if your vision changes as your refractive defect returns or changes, you may require them again. Following are some choices for people who have had LASIK surgery.