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Unread 10-05-2004, 12:17 AM
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since i'm blind as a bat without my contacts/glasses....i didn't want to wake up from surgery and not be able to see anything. i asked my eye doctor what he thought about leaving my contacts in during surgery and he said that since i have the 30 day wear and since i do so well with them he didn't see any reason that i couldn't wear them. but, he said, if they (the staff) know you have them in, they'll make you take them out. i get kinda clausterphobic when i can't see. and i know i won't be able to get to my glasses soon enough.

so, what have fellow hyster sisters done? do you know of any reasons not to wear my contacts during surgery?
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Unread 10-05-2004, 05:23 AM
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This is a tough one, and I don't have a definitive answer for you. Hopefully someone else will be along who may be able to help. I don't want to tell you that you should discount what your eye DR said, but on the other hand, if there is something that could happen to your eyes if you leave them in, he isn't the one who would be responsible. It's always best to follow your surgeon's and/or hospital pre op instructions.

But . . . my hospital pre op instructions were written out and crystal clear: contacts had to be removed for surgery.

I am extremely, extremely, can't make out any words on the computer screen without my glasses, near-sighted. There is usually "one more" form to sign in the OR holding area, so I've had to have my glasses with me. For one surgery, I kept telling the nurses not to lose them cause I couldn't see anything without them. It was the only thing I said in the recovery room. They said don't worry, they're right here, and they placed the case in my hand. At that point I could have put them on, but that was the only slight memory I have of the recovery room. The next thing I knew I was in my room, and my glasses were still right there waiting for me.

Just my opinion, I'd rather be safe than sorry. While my vision may be far from perfect, I can't imagine not having it.

Best wishes.
Unread 10-05-2004, 05:39 AM
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The cornea will become dry while under general anesthesia as you can't blink or produce tears normally. You are more apt, then, to get a scratch on your cornea.

Pre-Op instructions are given for your own safety and protection. It's in your best interests to follow them. I'm very surprised that any doctor would suggest wearing them and not saying anything to the staff about it.
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Unread 10-05-2004, 07:47 AM
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If you are having general anesthesia, they will cover your (closed) eyes with an adhesive tape or vaseline gauze. This may not be such a good thing if you are wearing contacts.

My vision was 20/400 back when I had my hyst (I have had my vision corrected since then), and I was also insecure and blind as a bat. The nurses were great to work with me on keeping my glasses right up til I was rolling into the OR (and I was lightly sedated by then).

In recovery, I didn't have much memory or care about seeing things, and my glasses were waiting for me when I got to my room.

Hope this info helps
Unread 10-05-2004, 09:09 AM
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I recently had surgery with twilight sleep and my surgeon allowed me to keep my extended wear contacts in. However, if you're going under a general, I don't think keeping your contacts in would be a good idea (especially with vaseline on your lids).

Talk to your surgeon. He/she is your best source of information.
Unread 10-05-2004, 10:39 AM
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i wasn't sure how far i'd be able to take my glasses with me. i just want to be able to see who's around me when i come out. yea, the vaseline stuff probably wouldn't be too good on the contacts.

thanks for your input looks like i'll be wearin the specs
Unread 10-05-2004, 11:58 AM
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I, too, am blind without my contacts. I don't even have a pair of glasses. I took my contacts out in the Pre-op (after they gave me Versed). My good friend put them back in for me when I returned to my room. It didn't bother me not being able to see in the recovery room because I was so out of it. Hope your surgery goes well!!
Unread 10-05-2004, 12:18 PM
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My hospital was clear about no contacts during surgery. My dh had my glasses...but to tell you the truth....I was so drugged up after surgery that I didn't really care if I saw anything or not.
hope your surgery goes well!
Unread 10-05-2004, 12:35 PM
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My eye doctor told me that general anesthesia will dry the eyes, and my contact may become "stuck" to my eye. Not fun. Also, they tape the eyes closed during some procedures.

I'd take them out, and bring along your glasses. I had my nurse tape a BIG NOTE to the cover of my chart PT NEEDS GLASSES. When I awoke, my nurse immediately handed them to me.

just my though

Unread 10-05-2004, 04:37 PM
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Dear sister,

Like you, I'm blind as a bat without my glasses on. I ended up giving them to my aunt as they wheeled me out the door. I found I didn't really need them in the recovery room, I was so out of it I never would have noticed whether they were there or not. When I got to my room my aunt passed them back to me.

I know in some places they allow a spouse or relative in the recovery room -- perhaps if yours does they can give you your glasses then?

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