Can I wear my scleral lenses soon after cataract surgery?
SEP 28, 2015
I have suffered from severe dry eye for years and nothing provided any help or relief till I got my RGP scleral contact lenses. I have RGP scleral lenses that are filled with saline before applied to my eye. They have done miracles where plugs, catheterization and RX drops - other dry eye treatments - have failed. With a change in prescription (I am very nearsighted and farsighted in addition to cataracts making my vision much worse), can I wear my scleral lenses soon after cataract surgery or do I have to wait? I am having both eyes done two weeks apart.
You need to discuss this question fully with your ophthalmologist. It is my personal opinion that you should wait eight weeks after cataract surgery prior to resuming scleral contact lenses in an uncomplicated surgery. The issue has more to do with possible trauma to the newly operated eye during the removal of the scleral lens. Scleral lenses come in close contact to the location of the incision in the eye required by cataract surgery and protection of this area is essential.