CAN YOU WEAR CONTACTS IF YOU HAVE GLAUCOMA?
Dr. Jim Martin 01/27/2016
The glaucoma treatment that your eye doctor chooses for you will dictate whether or not you can wear contact lenses. It's important to understand both courses of treatment and the ability to wear contacts with each treatment.
Eye Drops For Glaucoma
Generally, the first treatment for glaucoma is eye drops. If your doctor selects an eye drop treatment, you should be able to wear contacts. You may need to take certain drugs when you aren't wearing your contact lenses. Depending on your contact lens prescription and the particular eye drop that your optometrist prescribes, you may need to order new contact lenses.
The eye drop formula accomplishes two tasks. Some of the medications reduce the amount of fluid that the eye produces while other medications assist the fluid in flowing out more smoothly. Using multiple types of glaucoma eye drops controls intraocular pressure (IOP) more effectively, as many of the drops enhance the effects of the other types of drops. This course of action helps a significant number of glaucoma patients preserve their vision, provided that they follow their medication schedule and keep regular doctor appointments.
Typically, you only have to apply eye drops to treat glaucoma once or twice per day. Place drops in your eyes when you're not wearing your contacts. Glaucoma medications, including eye drops, can affect the whole body. As such, it's critical to let your eye doctor know that you're taking all of them.
Surgery For Glaucoma
In some instances, eye drops aren't sufficient for keeping the glaucoma eye pressure under control. When this happens, an eye doctor will recommend surgery. Sometimes the changes that occur on the eye's surface following glaucoma surgery make it difficult or impossible for the eyes to tolerate contacts.
Laser trabeculoplasty uses a laser to help the fluid flow from the eye. It can be performed as an outpatient procedure in a doctor's office. There are also several conventional surgical treatments for glaucoma. The most common traditional surgery for glaucoma is a trabeculectomy. This surgery involves a doctor opening up a new drainage path in the eye under the eyelid. This surgery must be completed in an operating room. After both types of glaucoma surgery, many people still have to follow an eye drop regimen to lower their eye pressure.
Regardless of the eye treatment that your optometrist/ophthalmologist suggests for your glaucoma, you should always discuss any concerns that you have about your vision, medications, or contact lenses use with your eye doctor.
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