Pre-Operative Contact Lens Instructions

  • If you currently wear contact lenses, you will be asked to discontinue their wear prior to your pre-operative assessment.
  • Contact lenses may change the shape of your cornea , so it is important to discontinue their wear, leaving sufficient time for your cornea s to return to their natural shape.
  • More than one pre-operative examination may be required to assess stability of your vision.
  • Subsequent to your assessment, you may return to contact lens wear until two days prior to your surgery, when you begin to use your pre-operative drops.
  • You may wear a contact lens in the eye still awaiting surgery after the first eye has been completed.
Lens Type
Prior to Pre-op Assessment
Prior to Procedure

Daily Wear Soft Lens

7 Days

2 Days

Extended Wear Soft

7 Days

2 Days

Soft Toric, Daily Wear or Extended Wear

5 Weeks

2 Days

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP)

9 Weeks

2 Days

Hard Lenses (PMMA)

12 Weeks

2 Days
Note: These are minimum recommended times for removal of contact lenses.  Actual time will depend upon any complications from contact lens wear.