Laser Eye Surgery for Contact Lens Wearers

02 Apr 2014

If you always opt to wear contact lenses instead of glasses, you will be all too-familiar with the discomfort and hassle that goes hand-in-hand with them, whether it’s a split lens in the eye or accidentally falling asleep with your lenses in.

While contact lenses are incredibly handy for anyone with a refractive error, they are not always user friendly and can also leave your eyes feeling dry and irritated.

Laser Eye Surgery is a practical solution for those who prefer to wear lenses instead of heavy frames on their face, but find that the restrictions that lenses place on their routine  rather inconvenient.

Laser Eye Surgery vs. Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a temporary solution to poor eyesight whereas Laser Eye Surgery is a once-off procedure that guarantees long term clear vision unaided by lenses.

Price is always going to be a factor with contact lenses when you take into account the fact that most opticians insist that contact lens eye tests are carried out separate to your routine eye exam.

Also, contact lenses themselves are also quite expensive and over time you could find yourself spending thousands of pounds on what is essentially a short term fix for your eyesight.

Laser Eye Surgery is more affordable than ever before, and at Optilase Northern Ireland there are 0% finance packages now available so that the procedure is more accessible and budget friendly.

A clear pricing structure can be found on our website at

Preparing for Laser Eye Surgery if you wear contacts

For at least two weeks before your Laser Eye Surgery at Optilase Northern Ireland you cannot wear contact lenses, and for patients who use hard lenses this timeframe will be significantly longer.

Contact lenses are thin films of plastic that sit on the cornea which can result in it losing its natural shape and become flattened from continual wearing of contact lenses.

As the cornea is the part of the eye that receives corrective surgery, it must return to its original shape prior to undergoing Laser Eye Surgery.

For daily contact lens wearers it can be difficult to adjust to wearing glasses for the time leading up to their Laser Eye Surgery, but it is vital that the cornea is in its natural condition on the day of surgery.

If you are interested in Laser Eye Surgery as an alternative to contact lenses, schedule a free consultation at Optilase Northern Ireland by calling 08000 121 565.

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