I am contemplating getting eyelid surgery. However, I wear contacts and was wondering if I would be able to put my contacts in immediately following the surgery?
Your question is something that we routinely discuss with patients who reflects insight on your part. The eyelids like any soft tissue surgery have some swelling after surgery which peaks on the second postoperative day, and it is important that you’d be able to remove your contacts lenses as well. So, we generally advise that you defer wearing contact lenses for about a week or so after surgery so that the swelling doesn’t interfere with placement or removal of the contact and that the manipulation of the eyelids associated with contact removal doesn’t disturb the surgery. We carried out a research project a number of years ago on vision changes after eyelid surgery and we found for cosmetic blepharoplasty in a series of over 200 patients but there were no long-lasting vision changes with the surgery but often there is some temporary change in how well glasses or contacts would work.