Dry eyes as a result of contact lenses adversely affecting tear film surface quality (TFSQ) can be a very real problem for both rigid and soft contact lens wearers. Researchers reporting in the May 2012 Eye & Contact Lens: Science & Clinical Practice demonstrated that both rigid and soft contact lenses negatively impacted the TFSQ in both natural and suppressed blinking conditions with no significant differences found between the lens types and materials. “This research is important to keep in mind when contact lens wearers present for LASIK consultations since the evaluation of the tear film quality and quantity is a critical consideration of determining the patient’s candidacy for any type of Laser Vision Correction-but especially for LASIK surgery,” commented Baltimore LASIK Surgeon & Corneal Specialist Brad Spagnolo, M.D., F.A.C.S of Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “Given that a significant number of our patients electing to have LASIK today are indeed contact lens wearers and that dry eye is probably the most common side effect of LASIK that we see with our patients, we need to be aware that some of the pre LASIK tear film abnormalities that we find are actually due to their contact lens wear and that, with a sufficient amount of time without contact lens wear, many contact lens wearers who want LASIK will recover a normal tear film surface quality and be able to proceed with Laser Vision Correction,” noted Fairfield County LASIK Surgeon & Corneal Specialist Leslie Doctor, M.D. of Doctor & Associates with offices in Norwalk, Westport and Wilton, CT.
Contact lens patients considering LASIK or any type of Laser Eye Surgery for vision correction are encouraged to find the best LASIK Surgeons in their area and have a thorough evaluation, examination and consultation in order to find out if they are good candidates.