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Can I Wear Contacts With 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. ...Read more
I had a scratched cornea. Its been 2 weeks, still a little red & blurry vision but no pain, can I wear contacts?
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
No: Should not since the contact lens may be torn or have some problem if it caused an abrasion. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
10-14 days: This is a very conservative answer. You could probably could start after a week. ...Read more
Yes: Be careful with the injured eye but the fellow eye, if uninjured, can be corrected with your usual contact lens. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Lubrication: Use lubricating drops, hourly, and got to your eye doctor or er for worsening pain, discharge and visual loss. ...Read more
Fitfully: A scratched or abraded cornea can be quite painful. Your ophthalmologist may have provided a bandage contact lens which will help relieve the discomfort. Corneas usually heal very rapidly so most of the time you will only have one bad night. Sleeping pills or a stiff drink may help. ...Read more
Yes but: Scratched corneas will lower the vision until healed. But if your vision is dropping and you have to ask the question, then it probably is something else as scratched corneas are extremely painful and will not allow you to ignore them. For lowered vision see your ophthalmologist for a proper diagnosis and management. ...Read more
No: Using the injured eye will not harm it. However most people find that keeping the eye closed is more comfortable. ...Read more
It depends. . .: To a layperson a scratched cornea might look like a red tearing eye. An eye doctor would use a microscope called a slit lamp to inspect the cornea. A small amount of dye will highlight the scratch under a blue light attached to the microscope. With proper treatment a small scratch on the cornea should heal quickly and leave minimal if any scarring. ...Read more
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