When to Wear Glasses after Rhinoplasty

When to Wear Glasses after RhinoplastyDid you just go through a rhinoplasty surgery and wondering when you can start wearing your glasses again? Giving without your glasses may be inconvenient for some patients, but it’s important to make sure your nose has enough time to heal properly. Here are a few tips from Dr. Vincent Marin regarding glasses and rhinoplasty.

Take Some Time Off to Recover

Planning for a rhinoplasty surgery should include more than the time required for the consultation and the actual surgical appointment. You will need to set aside time after your surgery to fully recover. One of the best ways to recover is to simply take some time off from your busy life and let your body heal. If you take time off, you won’t have to worry about wearing your glasses to accomplish important tasks. Do yourself a favor and let yourself heal fully before jumping back into your normal routine.

Invest in Contacts

If you plan on engaging in activities that require clear vision, then think of investing in some disposable contact lenses. Contacts can take a while to get used to, so make sure to try them out a few weeks before your surgery. The last thing you want to be dealing with, on top of recovering, is adjusting to contacts. If you feel that your eyes are too dry for contacts, consider lubricating eye drops.

Get Some Bridgeless Glasses

The reason you should not wear glasses while recovering from your rhinoplasty surgery is because they put pressure on the bridge of your nose – precisely the part of the nose that is going through a critical healing period. You may consider investing in a pair of glasses that don’t put any pressure on the nasal dorsum for about four weeks after surgery. If you can’t afford bridgeless glasses, you can use tape to secure your regular glasses to your forehead; this will help keep pressure off of the bridge of the nose.

Wearing Glasses Over Your Splint

If you have an external splint, feel free to wear your glasses over the splint. The splint is heavily padded and the glasses will not interfere with your recovery. Once the splint comes off, however, the glasses should come off too. During your post-operative appointment, Dr. Marin will advise you as to when you can start wearing glasses again.

What about Sunglasses?

The same rules apply to sunglasses as regular glasses. However, keep in mind that it is important to stay out of the sun, until your incisions have healed completely. If you expose yourself to the sun prematurely, you run the risk of your incisions turning into dark scars. It’s best to avoid the sun. If you are out in the sun, keep the incisions covered by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

When to Finally Start Wearing Glasses Again

Usually it takes about four weeks for the nasal dorsum to be able to fully support glasses without any damage to the nose. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure to contact Dr. Marin for advice.

About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!