Dr. Ferris does not represent to know what the likelihood of injury is, nore does he have any data to support the safety of wearing soft contact lenses, gas permeable contact lenses, semiscleral contact lenses, or Ortho-K lenses with respect to post-Lasik patients.
I am often asked to design lenses for post refractive surgery patients. Most were happy at one time but discovered that eyes change. Others had immediate problems. Just as having Lasik was entirely your decision, so too is the post surgical use of corneal lenses. I have included some information below to help put those risks into perspective. -- Dr. F
Lasik eye surgery requires the separation of the originally solid cornea into two distinct layers; the outer layer of which is commonly referred to as the flap. Prior to separating the cornea, you were carefully educated about the consequences of damage to that flap and you were informed that the risk of damage to that flap exists for a lifetime. We are not expert on that procedure and do not provide that procedure in our office. However, we do offer corneal lens options that are intended to complete the visual goals you were attempting to reach when you took those risks initially.
You must understand that those risks still exist. Wearing a corneal lens causes your flap to be in daily contact with a physical lens and occasionally to be in contact with your fingers and/of fingernails. Any contact whatsoever carries the risk of significant consequences for your corneal flap as explained to you during your pre-surgical informed consent. Dr. Ferris does not represent to know what the likelihood of injury is, nor does he have any data to support the safety of wearing soft contact lenses, gas permeable contact lenses, semiscleral contact lenses, or Ortho-K lenses with respect to post-Lasik patients. Because many of the variables are decided by the original surgeon's technique and ability to make repeatable, secure flaps, no statistical studies will ever apply to your individual case. You should also understand that changes can occur rapidly and that frequent visits will not insure safety. If you ever believe you may have traumatized the flap, you must seek competent medical assistance regardless of location or circumstance.