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Rinsed eyes with tap water

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: You could put some artificial tears in them, but don't use tap water.

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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
No: You haven't, but you don't want to use 'hot' water on your eyes, 'warm' or even 'luke warm' is better,
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Water in eyes: Why would you want to run tap water over your eyes. The blink reflex is designed to cleanse your eyes.
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
No: Tap water is not sterile nor lubricating. Irrigation of the eyes should be done with sterile irrigating solution or artificial tears.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Get it out of eyes: You only get one pair of eyes. If there is a reactive substance in there, water, and lots of it, is the correct answer. If you live with municipal ser... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
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
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Sure.: As long as the tap water is potable should not have any problem.
A 32-year-old male asked:
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No: Nothing to do with your stye. Completely coincidental.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
I do not understand what you mean by putting your eye under cold running water. Do you suspect that water infested with Acanthamoeba? If not, nothing ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Yanik
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
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

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