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How long should I wait to wear contacts after having a scratched cornea?

How long should I wait to wear contacts after having a scratched cornea?

See below: Do not use contacts again until an eye doctor examines you and clears you to do so. Otherwise you risk a recurrent corneal abrasion (scratch) or corneal infection.

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I had a scratched cornea. Its been 2 weeks, still a little red & blurry vision but no pain, can I wear contacts?

I had a scratched cornea. Its been 2 weeks, still a little red & blurry vision but no pain, can I wear contacts?

Get checked: If you are still having blurry vision at 2 weeks out that is unusual. Most corneal abrasions are healed within a day or two. I would have an ophthalmologist check your eyes before resuming contact use.

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Can I wear contacts after a corneal abrasion?

Can I wear contacts after a corneal abrasion?

After healing: After it heals completely - you can put back in a new pair.

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Can I wear contacts a day after a corneal abrasion?

Can I wear contacts a day after a corneal abrasion?

Maybe: If it had been a very tiny abrasion and it had healed in 1 day with no residual dryness or other issues, then the eye might be ready to restart contact lens wear.

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How long till wear contacts again after corneal abrasion?

How long till wear contacts again after corneal abrasion?

Need to see your doc: Changes in the cornea can occur after an abrasion. Only your eye doctor can examine this under the microscope (slit lamp) to determine whether your eye is fully healed, and can advise you on continuing contact lens wear.

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How long after a corneal abrasion can I start to wear contacts again?

How long after a corneal abrasion can I start to wear contacts again?

Healed: Best to let it heal first (time dependent on how large and if the eye sensation, tear film, and lid positions are intact). Also make sure there is no infection.

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Can I continue to wear contacts while I am healing from a corneal abrasion?

Can I continue to wear contacts while I am healing from a corneal abrasion?

No: Best not to, increased chance for infection, may worsen abrasion during self placement and removal. Though sometimes a bandage contact lens is placed to help with the pain for a large abrasion.

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Can you ge corneal abrasion due to contact lenses?

Can you ge corneal abrasion due to contact lenses?

Not common: Contact lens problems include overwear, infection, intolerance, eyedryness, and vascular ingrowth. Abrasion would not occur from these so the only likely means to get an abrasion with a contact is during the act of putting it in or taking it out.

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Can I use my same contact lenses that caused me corneal abrasion?

Can I use my same contact lenses that caused me corneal abrasion?

No: Should not since the contact lens may be torn or have some problem if it caused an abrasion.

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Can I use my contact lenses a day after my corneal abrasion feels normal?

Contact lens wear: Usually when the eyes are back to feeling normal and the patient has been off antibiotics for 48 hours it should be safe to resume contact lens wear (with a new contact) if the contact could be implicated in the source of discomfort. Such is the case of infection, rather than abrasion.

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Scratched cornea. How long should I wait before wearing contacts again?

Scratched cornea. How long should I wait before wearing contacts again?

10-14 days: This is a very conservative answer. You could probably could start after a week.

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Can I just wear one contact if I have a scratched cornea?

Can I just wear one contact if I have a scratched cornea?

Yes: Be careful with the injured eye but the fellow eye, if uninjured, can be corrected with your usual contact lens.

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Is it recommended to wear an eye patch to protect my scratched cornea?

Is it recommended to wear an eye patch to protect my scratched cornea?

No: Simple corneal abrasions do not need to be treated by patching the eye. According to a new review of studies, patching can initially slow healing and does not reduce pain.

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What to do for a scratched cornea?

Not much: See ophthalmologist and take some drops for a few days.

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What is done for a scratched cornea?

What is done for a scratched cornea?

Lubrication: Treatment is based on the depth and size of the damaged area. Sometimes, only lubricating drops are given. Antibiotics may be considered to prevent infection. Occasionally a bandage contact lens is used. The cornea can usually heal itself very rapidly.

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What is done for a scratched cornea?

Corneal abrasion: Treatment for a corneal abrasion includes antibiotic prophylaxis topically and lubricating drops/ ointment. If large, patching or a bandage contact lens can be considered.

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I have a scratched cornea, what do I do?

I have a scratched cornea, what do I do?

See an eye doc: See an ophthalmologist to confirm the diagnosis. If the abrasion is large enough, a bandage contact lens can be placed. This helps protect the surface and decrease pain, while the abrasion heals. For smaller abrasions, artificial tears and a topical NSAID are usually sufficient, as it will heal relatively quickly.

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I think I have a scratched cornea and I need advice?

I think I have a scratched cornea and I need advice?

Lubrication: Use lubricating drops, hourly, and got to your eye doctor or er for worsening pain, discharge and visual loss.