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Can you tell me if I could wear contact lenses while I have pink eye?

Can you tell me if I could wear contact lenses while I have pink eye?

Not a good idea: The eye needs unobstructed flow of tears to combat infections like pink eye. Wearing a contact can inhibit this and possibly encourage other types of infection to occur. Hang in there without the lens until the condition clears. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more


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Is it safe to wear one contact lens in my right eye for only two hours. I have a form of pink eye in my left eye which still has some blurred vision.

Is it safe to wear one contact lens in my right eye for only two hours. I have a form of pink eye in my left eye which still has some blurred vision.

Not recommended: Conjunctivitis can spread quickly from one eye to the other. Therefore you should not wear contact lenses at all until the infection is clear. Continuing to wear the contact can increase the risk of worsening infection, corneal injury etc. ...Read more

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After completing a course of regular eye drops for conjunctivitis, when can I wear my contact lenses again?

After completing a course of regular eye drops for conjunctivitis, when can I wear my contact lenses again?

It depends: If you have just a simple bacterial conjunctivitis, I recommend patients use glasses for 1 week following therapy if completely recovered. Also, disposing of solutions and cases and starting with a new pair of disposable lenses may be helpful as well. If any irritation returns, be seen immediately. ...Read more

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If I have allergic pink eye, am I still okay to wear my contacts?

Contact lenses: Although wearing contacts while experiencing allergic conjunctivitis will not contaminate the lenses or be dangerous, you might find them more uncomfortable than usual. This sensation should pass once your allergies are under control. ...Read more

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My eyes are soo itchy, but it's not pink eye & I wear contacts. Could that have something to do with it?

My eyes are soo itchy, but it's not pink eye & I wear contacts. Could that have something to do with it?

Yes: You may be having a reaction to the contacts or the contact lens solution. It should be pretty easy to sort out with an exam. ...Read more

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I was told I had viral pink eye on March 3. I am wanting to wear contacts again. Should it be safe to do so?

I was told I had viral pink eye on March 3. I am wanting to wear contacts again. Should it be safe to do so?

Contacts: If your symptoms have completely resolved, contact should be ok. However, after viral pink eye you may develop other problems that ...Read more

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Severe pink eye 3 wks ago. Eyes dry at night and a little crusty in AM still. How long til it gets better? Can I wear contacts? Makeup?

Severe pink eye 3 wks ago. Eyes dry at night and a little crusty in AM still. How long til it gets better? Can I wear contacts? Makeup?

Pink eye: If you can send a photo that may help us see if you had epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) and residual scar tissue. Consult with us to determine if it is safe to go back to your contact lenses: depends if you had EKC. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with pink eye, but all symptoms are gone except itchiness in two days of using medicine. Is this normal? When can I wear contacts again?

Diagnosed with pink eye, but all symptoms are gone except itchiness in two days of using medicine. Is this normal? When can I wear contacts again?

No contacts for now: Not until done with antibiotic drops prescribed, if that is the medicine, and symptoms completely gone. Err on the side of not wearing them longer than necessary to prevent corneal infections which can be severe. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait after pink eye seems cleared up before I can wear contacts? Can I wear them as soon as I don't have any more itchiness from the pink eye, or do I need to wait longer? .

How long do I have to wait after pink eye seems cleared up before I can wear contacts? Can I wear them as soon as I don't have any more itchiness from the pink eye, or do I need to wait longer? .

Once: Once all symptoms of conjunctivits (pink eye) are clear, contact lens wear can usually be resumed. Old contacts, contact lens case, and solution should be discarded to minimize risk of re-infection. Redness, pain, blurred vision, watery or mucous discharge are common symptoms of pink eye. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to wear contacts with pink eye?

How long should I wait to wear contacts with pink eye?

Till it's over: Your doctor should instruct you to stop wearing your contact lenses until your pink eye has completely resolved. Whether viral or bacterial, the critters causing your pink eye can survive on your contacts and reinfect you. Better yet, throw out that pair and start a fresh pair after your pink eye has resolved. But don't start wearing contact lenses again until after your pink eye has resolved. ...Read more

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What to do if I think my pink eye completely healed - is it safe to wear nondisposable contacts?

What to do if I think my pink eye completely healed - is it safe to wear nondisposable contacts?

No: If you were using the contacts when you developed pink eye, they must be disposed of, along with your case and bottle of cleaning solution. ...Read more

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I've been using eye drops for pink eye since saturday am symptom free but have two more days of drops. Can I wear my contacts? Will the drops hurt?

Complete treatment: I would recommend holding off on contacts until you have completed the prescribed treatment course. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) can be highly contagious and wearing your contacts too soon could lead to re-infection. Wait a couple more days to be safe. ...Read more

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My eye is red and a little painful do I have pink eye? I wear contacts n I don't have any glasses what do I do? And a lil bit of discharge

My eye is red and a little painful do I have pink eye? I wear contacts n I don't have any glasses what do I do? And a lil bit of discharge

Stop contact wear: If you have redness and pain you should not be wearing contacts. Remove them and see an eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Used to wear contacts, had pink eye, got drops prescribed, still have small yellowish balls of discharge from corners of eyes wearing glasses 2 months?

Used to wear contacts, had pink eye, got drops prescribed, still have small yellowish balls of discharge from corners of eyes wearing glasses 2 months?

Dry eyes: It sounds like you have dry eyes. That discharge is actually the mucous in your tears that is leftover after the water content in your tears dry up. Try using artificial tears 4 times a day. Taking fish oil or omega-3 supplements orally (at least 2000 mg a day) is also helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more