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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can i wear contacts after having a corneal ulcer?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Cause of ulcer?: Yes, but, if corneal ulcer was caused by wearing contact lenses, then extreme caution and supervision by your eye md is essential so as to avoid future problems. Some individuals may never be able to comfortably wear contact lenses and complications can result if they are continued. The advise of your eye md is necessary. Good luck.
Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Yes, BUT: Only with the say-so of your cornea specialist. This is a very complicated issue and one that you should not pursue without sound advice of your particular situation.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

Are there any after effects of a corneal ulcer? Can I wear contacts again after it heals?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Can be a problem: If the ulcer is treated properly it should heal nicely. The only long term effects come about if the ulcer was dead center in which case the vision will be disturbed. If off to the side, then you should have no problems. You can wear contact lenses after healing but keep to the cleaning and replacement schedule to prevent ulcer formation.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What happens when you have contacts and a corneal ulcer?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not good: A corneal ulcer is a patch of bacterial growth on the surface of the eye, most commonly underneath a contact lens which makes a terrific incubation chamber. If you suspect this, take out the lens and see your ophthalmologist right away as you will need antibiotics and follow up.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can i wear contact lenses when my corneal ulcer was healed?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Yes: You can if they are new, the correct fit, and you have been examined by your eye doctor. It may be possible the ulcer left damage to the cornea and you will not be able to wear them. It is possible the contacts led to the ulcer, make sure they are the proper fit, you are taking care of them as instructed and do not sleep in them.

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