After you’ve got your nose surgery done, there’s one serious step on the horizon. That’s recovery period!
To maintain your nose shape as it is, you need to be cautious about wearing eyeglasses of any kind after the surgery. But how and until when? Read on to find the answers.
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a type of plastic surgery for reconstructing the nose form. Most patients are willing to have rhinoplasty to solve their breathing problems or for aesthetic reasons. However, a prevalent concern for patients is whether they should avoid wearing sunglasses or eyeglasses after rhinoplasty and if yes, how they can manage this issue.
Key facts about using glasses during recovery
- You are allowed to wear eyeglasses and sunglasses over your splint and bandages.
- After splint removal, you should put aside your eyewear for 6 to 8 weeks.
- During this period, you can put on eyeglass supports or lenses, or you can tape your glass to your forehead.
- After this period, you’ll be able to start your best bespectacled life again.
Don’t wear eyeglasses when your splint is removed and you just have a tape on your nose.
Should I avoid glasses after rhinoplasty?
The healing process of your nose lasts for 5 to 6 weeks. Wearing eyeglasses within this time puts pressure on the nose. Plus, it may cause indentations or leave bumps on the nose. That’s why people are advised not to wear glasses after their nose job, especially once the surgery aims at improving the nasal bridge.
What about Septoplasty?
If you are getting a septoplasty done, you are not allowed to wear those pesky frames to see the world either!
WHEN TO WEAR EYEGLASSES AFTER RHINOPLASTY?
Eyeglasses can be worn a week after the nose surgery before the splint is removed. The hard surface of the splint would prevent any changes in the nose’s shape.
After removing the splint, patients should avoid wearing glasses or sunglasses, particularly plastic-framed glasses (which would rest all the way over the top of the nose), for 6 weeks following the surgery. Since the nose is still soft, the weight of glasses would press the healing nasal bones. So, it may deform the shape of the nose.
It is also recommended to avoid long-term use of glasses till around 6 months after the surgery.
Read also: a guide to a fast recovery after nose job
HOW CAN I MANAGE MY VISION DURING THIS PERIOD?
While some people may wear glasses for style or avoiding sun exposure, there are many people who are unable to see without corrective eyeglasses. That is when they start to worry about post-rhinoplasty vision problems they may face. However, the good news is that there are some getaways ahead. Below, we listed all the options you’ve got to manage your vision after a nose surgery.
Using lenses can free you from all the concerns and hassles of when to wear glasses or else.
You should wait for at least one day after the surgery in order to insert contact lenses in your eyes. For those who experience too much swelling around the eyes, lenses may feel uncomfortable. If so, try to avoid them for a while and then use them or go for another option.
If you’re not comfortable with lenses or you have an allergy to such lenses, you can wear post-rhinoplasty glasses instead. These eyeglasses are ultra-light and do not rest on the nasal bridge. So, there would be no risk of affecting the nose recovery.
There are a lot of glass supports available in the market, helping people get through the recovery period with ease. These devices are glass-holders which you can wear in order to provide a support for your eyeglass to rest on.
Glass support is simply an adjustable strap fitting around the head and a base attached to it. The bridge of your eyewear rests on the base, so that no contact is made between the glass and nose and no weight is put on the nose. Accordingly, patients are able to use their eyeglasses while driving or doing their daily activities.
Taping glasses to the forehead
The fourth option you may take into account is taping your glasses to your forehead. This will secure the glasses and prevent the nose from deformation.
Getting LASIK surgery prior to your nose job
For patients who are considering to do LASIK surgery as well as rhinoplasty, it is best to get their eye correction surgery 3 months before the nose job. This way, no concern would remain regarding the vision problems after surgery. Moreover, we recommend you to consult with your doctor and get his/her approval to undergo a nose operation after LASIK.
Are sunglasses forbidden too?
It doesn’t matter whether you are wearing a glass to see the world as it is or to protect your eyes from direct sun exposure, your nose should not be under pressure during recovery. So, if you want to wear sunglasses, you can either tape them to your forehead or put on a very light rimless glass!
Sunglasses shall be avoided for a short time after nose surgery.
WHAT IF I WEAR MY GLASSES?
While wearing glasses after nose surgery does not result in permanent damages, they will delay/affect the proper healing procedure. Moreover, if any indents are made, you will need to visit your doctor to smooth out the indent.
All in all, prepare yourself for the surgery and become an informed patient by knowing everything you need to know before a nose job. Discuss your issues with your doctor both before and after your surgery. Also, follow your doctor’s instructions during the nose job recovery period so that the healing process does not slow down and you get back to normal life as soon as possible.