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I rinsed my eye with tap water

A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Sure.: As long as the tap water is potable should not have any problem.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Usually: Tap water in most systems does not contain anything that could be harmful to the eyes. You get some exposure usually whenever you take a shower or a ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
30 years experience Family Medicine
Water in eyes: Why would you want to run tap water over your eyes. The blink reflex is designed to cleanse your eyes.
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
32 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Tap water is not sterile nor lubricating. Irrigation of the eyes should be done with sterile irrigating solution or artificial tears.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
34 years experience Ophthalmology
No: You could put some artificial tears in them, but don't use tap water.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: You haven't, but you don't want to use 'hot' water on your eyes, 'warm' or even 'luke warm' is better,
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A 32-year-old male asked:
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No: Nothing to do with your stye. Completely coincidental.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
36 years experience Pediatrics
Ophthalmologist: See an ophthalmologist who is a medical doctor. They can examine your eyes again and figure out if there is another underlying medical problem and pre ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Yanik
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Not so much: It is safer and less risky to use bottled sterile saline fro drug store. Less chance for infections from bacteria in tap water.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Laborde
35 years experience Ophthalmology
Tap water: No. Find a new eye doctor- or ask if you heard correctly. Tap water contains germs and parasites...
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
35 years experience Ophthalmology
Gas perm contacts: Need more cleaning than just tap water. There are several brands of lens cleaners available on the market. Every evening after you remove them, you ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Venous congestion: Venous congestion under the eye is often associated with allergies.
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