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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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Can you get pink eye from changing contact solutions?

Can you get pink eye from changing contact solutions?

Irritant rxn??: Some people are sensitive to one or more of the components of a contact solution & will develop irritation any time they use it. Continued use will likely lead to more inflammation & discomfort. Switching back to one without the component should end the issue but it may take several days & require you stop using the contacts for a while for it to heal. ...Read more

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When can I start wearing my contacts if I have pink eye?

After it goes away: After your symptoms resolved and after your eye feels back to normal. It may takes 1-2 weeks or longer. Please throw away all your old contact cases, solutions and used contcat lenses. ...Read more

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My eye got really red after taking off my contacts last night now I have pink eye, what drug store eye drops can I buy to help this?

My eye got really red after taking off my contacts last night now I have pink eye, what drug store eye drops can I buy to help this?

Conjunctivitis: Try systane preservative free in single vials. Do not put in your contact again till it is all clear. If does not clear up in 24 hours or have blurred vision pain go to urgent care optometrist (at lenscrafters, houreyes) and get checked may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Hi! Tonight I was holding a baby with pink eye for a while, and at first no one told me that she had pink eye so I am not sure if it came in contact with my eyes. Tomorrow I am leaving for a trip with a sports team, so what should I do if I end up having

Hi! Tonight I was holding a baby with pink eye for a while, and at first no one told me that she had pink eye so I am not sure if it came in contact with my eyes. Tomorrow I am leaving for a trip with a sports team, so what should I do if I end up having

Watchful waiting: Almost all "pink eye" is viral and does not need treated. However, it is very contageous. If you washed well before rubbing your own eyes, you should be fine. If however you develop symptoms of purulent discharge in just one eye or it spreads from one eye to the other, a physical exam will be needed. ...Read more

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When can I start wearing my contacts again when I have had pink eye?

When better: You should wait until the condition responds which means the redness is almost gone, the eye feels fine and the vision is normalized. ...Read more

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Could I wear an eyepatch with pink eye? My eye is super light sensitive

Could I wear an eyepatch with pink eye? My eye is super light sensitive

See doc: Light sensitivity is a red flag warning that there may be a serious infection that could require specific treatment. Some infections threaten vision. Please go to the ED or contact your primary physician or ophthalmologist today. ...Read more

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Is using the same pair of contacts after pink eye / conjunctivitis considered safe?

Is using the same pair of contacts after pink eye / conjunctivitis considered safe?

No: I would avoid re-using soft contact lenses and solutions that were open during an episode of conjunctivitis. It is so infectious that even a small droplet can be contagious and you can end up having another episode of conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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What happens if I accidently use pink eye medicine while still having my contacts on? Can I still use the contacts?

What happens if I accidently use pink eye medicine while still having my contacts on? Can I still use the contacts?

Probably little: A good general rule is that if your eyes become red to any degree, you should remove your contacts. The addition of 'pink eye " medication, whatever that might be, probably makes no difference one way or another. You should remove the contacts, clean them thoroughly and wait for the redness to go away. Then you can rewear the contacts. ...Read more

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Is it important to disinfect my contact after having pink eye?

YES: It would be best to use a new contact after having pink eye but at the very least, you need to clean/disinfect the old one. ...Read more

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