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can i wear contacts with a scratched cornea

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
20 years experience Ophthalmology
Maybe: Sometimes, we use a bandage soft contact lens with antibiotics to reduce pain and irritation in patients with corneal abrasions. As a matter of pract ... Read More
Dr. Azhar Salahuddin
21 years experience Ophthalmology
Never: That's a really bad idea. Scratches and contacts both increase the chance of a really bad infection and combine the 2 and you're asking for trouble.

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
18 years experience Retinal Surgery
See below: Do not use contacts again until an eye doctor examines you and clears you to do so. Otherwise you risk a recurrent corneal abrasion (scratch) or corne ... Read More
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
38 years experience Ophthalmology
Couple days: Probably safest to wait about 48 hours after a corneal abrasion has fully healed before resuming contact lenses. It is possible to reopen the epitheli ... Read More
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Dr. Phillip Goebel
15 years experience Emergency Medicine
Get checked: If you are still having blurry vision at 2 weeks out that is unusual. Most corneal abrasions are healed within a day or two. I would have an ophthalmo ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
22 years experience Family Medicine
After healing: After it heals completely - you can put back in a new pair.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Maybe: If it had been a very tiny abrasion and it had healed in 1 day with no residual dryness or other issues, then the eye might be ready to restart contac ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Lehrer
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Need to see your doc: Changes in the cornea can occur after an abrasion. Only your eye doctor can examine this under the microscope (slit lamp) to determine whether your e ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Healed: Best to let it heal first (time dependent on how large and if the eye sensation, tear film, and lid positions are intact). Also make sure there is no ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
20 years experience Ophthalmology
No: An abrasion on the cornea is a site of potential infection so it's a good idea not to irritate the cornea further with a contact lens. Sometime we ne ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Not common: Contact lens problems include overwear, infection, intolerance, eyedryness, and vascular ingrowth. Abrasion would not occur from these so the only li ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Should not since the contact lens may be torn or have some problem if it caused an abrasion.

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