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Can I wear contacts with a scratched cornea

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
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
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
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
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
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
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 24 years experience
After healing: After it heals completely - you can put back in a new pair.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
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.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Contact lens wear: Usually when the eyes are back to feeling normal and the patient has been off antibiotics for 48 hours it should be safe to resume contact lens wear (... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eran Kessous
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
10-14 days: This is a very conservative answer. You could probably could start after a week.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Yes: Be careful with the injured eye but the fellow eye, if uninjured, can be corrected with your usual contact lens.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Bontreger
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
No: Simple corneal abrasions do not need to be treated by patching the eye. According to a new review of studies, patching can initially slow healing and ... Read More