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Can I Wear Contacts With A Scratched Cornea
I had a scratched cornea. Its been 2 weeks, still a little red & blurry vision but no pain, can I wear contacts?
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.
No: Should not since the contact lens may be torn or have some problem if it caused an abrasion.
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.
10-14 days: This is a very conservative answer. You could probably could start after a week.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Lubrication: Use lubricating drops, hourly, and got to your eye doctor or er for worsening pain, discharge and visual loss.
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