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A 46-year-old member asked:

What to do if i took my contacts off and my eyes feel really itchy and irritated?

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Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Possible keratitis: People who wear contacts are at higher risk of inflammatory and infectious keratitis. Your description sounds typical of patients i've seen with keratitis. I would recommend seeing an ophthalmologist to be sure. I would definitely stay out of your contacts until being seen.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology 50 years experience
Infection: This is not normal. This could be mild or could be potentially vision threatening. Seek an ophthalmologist as an emergency. Dont wait.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

My eyes get really itchy and irritated when I take my contacts off. Is this normal?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
No: You shouldn't have much reaction when you take your contact lenses off at the end of the day. Sometimes, chronic allergy to contact lens use and solutions can irritate the back of the eyelids which can give an itchy and irritated sensation when the lid is back in contact with the cornea. Good idea to be check out for fit and allergy.

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Last updated May 7, 2013

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