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Want to wear contact lense during planned cs tomorrow, Is there any reason why not?

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meglet Wed 03-Sep-08 14:18:44

I am pretty sure I will be asked to take out my contacts during my cs tomorrow morning. But I can't see as much with my glasses on and they get in the way.

Anyone know if the operating theatre staff are likely to get stroppy about it or shall I just not tell them, or just say I'm keeping them in anyway.

I might see if I can speak to my optician too, see if there are any risks keeping them in.

Mung Wed 03-Sep-08 14:21:01

I was told to take them out, but it meant I couldn't see my baby unless he was held up to my face. Mine was an emergency section, so didnt get chance to really ask, reason, question...I would ask why and insist that you want them in. That way you will know the medical reasons for taking them out and can make the judgement yourself.

Mung Wed 03-Sep-08 14:21:25

Oh...and I wasn't allowed glasses either.

TheMadHouse Wed 03-Sep-08 14:21:56

I had to take mine out both times and just wear my glasses. They explained that if things go wrong that you may have to have a general and then your eyes will be closed and they may become hard to get out in the long run.

I saw everying with my specs on though

TheMadHouse Wed 03-Sep-08 14:22:49

First section was a crash section and I kept my spec on, I wasnt labouring in contacts as had been in for 3 days at this pint nad only use disposables

Upwind Wed 03-Sep-08 14:23:52

I was allowed to keep mine in for planned abdominal surgery (not cs). They said they only needed to know whether they were there so they knew to take them out when washing my eyes in the event that something somehow got squirted into them. The anaesthatist said that in his long career he had never heard of it actually happening grin

meglet Wed 03-Sep-08 14:24:40

no glasses mung shock sad.

All I'd see would be a pinky / bluey blob being pulled out.

Upwind Wed 03-Sep-08 14:25:50

Oh, I had a general anaesthetic too and they said it definitely wasn't a problem as long as I was happy to keep them in and aware they might dry out a little. I don't remember my eyes even feeling dry.

Mung Wed 03-Sep-08 14:37:32

They held DS up for me to see the sex and I couldn't even see him. My vision is awful and I really regret not being able to see my baby as soon as he was out

Upwind Wed 03-Sep-08 14:40:52

I would find it very scary indeed, having a cs and not being able to see anything. Am wondering if the best policy is to "forget" they are there, in case hospital policy is different?

meglet Wed 03-Sep-08 14:47:07

exactly upwind I think I may have to forget to tell them. They are dailys and I've never had a problem in 7 years of using them. I feel really freaked out when I'm in glasses and much more vunerable and I want to see how the baby is when she comes out. I had a rotten time with an em cs last time and want to make this planned cs a more enjoyable experience.

I suppose if something awful happens and I have a general I'll still only be out for a couple of hours, I've had longer naps with them in.

catinthehat Wed 03-Sep-08 14:47:43

Might depend how comfortable your lenses are. Mine are gas permeables and I don't even nap in them, and I think they would be prone to slip around my eyes at awkward moments. Certainly I stuck to using glasses in labour. But disposable wearers might find it easier.
Agree about the pinky bluey blob thing - you could have held DH in front of me and convinced me it was the baby.

kitty1kat Fri 05-Sep-08 22:02:57

I went with the don't tell, they won't ask policy - like you, I am blind as a bat and really wanted to see everything!

chandellina Sat 06-Sep-08 11:34:59

i doubt anyone will notice. i had mine in for my 20 hour labour which included two trips to operating theatre. didn't need an emergency c section in the end but came close and no one was asking me about my lenses.
i don't even have glasses, as my eye problem doesn't really work with glasses.

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