A 36-year-old member asked:
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can wearing contacts stop your eyes from getting watery when chopping onions?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
26 years experience Ophthalmology
It may make it worse: The chemicals released when cutting into onions can be absorbed by contact lenses. They will then retain the chemicals longer, causing the irritation to persist.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: The lenses can block the vapors from contacting your corneas. I have heard from patients after lasik that they noticed a big change when chopping onions since they are no longer wearing contacts.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Stan Coleman
63 years experience Ophthalmology
Onions: The simple answer to your question is No.
Answered on Apr 20, 2019

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