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

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

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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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?

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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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

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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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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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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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How long after using antibiotic eye drows for bacterial pink eye should you wait to wear make up?

How long after using antibiotic eye drows for bacterial pink eye should you wait to wear make up?

After you stop drops: Finish the course of antibiotic drops as prescribed. If your symptoms are gone at that point, you can wear makeup. You may want to consider buying new makeup, since that may have been the source! ...Read more

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How long should I wait to apply cosmetics after getting pink eye?

How long should I wait to apply cosmetics after getting pink eye?

When normal looking: When the eye looks and feels back to normal then that is usually a safe time to resume makeup and contact lens wearing. ...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 woke up with double pink eye with green discharge. Will collodial silver drops help? How long do I wait to see dr?

I woke up with double pink eye with green discharge. Will collodial silver drops help? How long do I wait to see dr?

Best see doc today: Most conjunctivitis ("pink eye") is due to viruses; adenonvirus it the name of one of the common causes. However, "green discharge" is worrisome for a bacterial infection, in which case an antibiotic eyedrop or ointment may be necessary. And even a viral infection may benefit from soothing eyedrops. Colloidal silver isn't likely to help. Call your doctor's office, even though it's the weekend. ...Read more

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I have pink eye and the Dr gave me drops for them how long til it clears up and can I put my contacts back in if I disinfected them after it clears up?

I have pink eye and the Dr gave me drops for them how long til it clears up and can I put my contacts back in if I disinfected them after it clears up?

Conjunctivitis: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis and can be very contagious with severe itchiness. It can take 12h-3d for sx to appear and takes 2wks to resolve. Avoid contact lenses with any red eye as can lead to worsening infection and scar tissue on cornea. Eyedoc2020.Blogspot. Com. ...Read more

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For how long should you wait after getting pink eye to get an eye exam for new glasses?

For how long should you wait after getting pink eye to get an eye exam for new glasses?

Once your eyes feel: Normal (no more tearing, redness, stickiness, discharge), which may be several weeks. ...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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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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I have conjunctivitis from eye makeup so can I wear my contacts?

Hold off: Conjunctivitis, an infection of the lining of the eye, will heal best if the eye does not have a contact lens in place. Hold off on wearing your lens until the redness is almost gone. You probably should discard your makeup if that is the source. ...Read more

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Pink eye from leaving contacts in too long. How do I get rid of it by tomorrow?

Pink eye: If they are both red and you are having discharge from your eyes, have them seen, to get drops. It more than likely will not go away, without treatment. Also, be careful not to leave your contacts in too long, regularly. It can cause abrasions on your cornea. ...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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Yesterday found out I have acute allergic conjunctivitis in my right eye. I was prescribed tobrex (tobramycin). Wondering when can I wear my contacts.?

Yesterday found out I have acute allergic conjunctivitis in my right eye. I was prescribed tobrex (tobramycin). Wondering when can I wear my contacts.?

Wait: Tobrex (tobramycin) is an antibiotic used for bacterial eye infections. I recommend discontinuing contact lenses until your infection is resolved, usually 7-10 days. Now if you truly have an allergic conjunctivitis, then you are on the wrong medication. If you have goopy, sticky discharge and only have itchy watery eyes with scant stringy discharge, then i'd use otc zaditor™ twice daily for symptom control. ...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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How long until pink eye goes away?

Could be 1-2 weeks: It's similar to the upper respiratory cold infection. It usually goes away in 5-10 days but it may linger around for a while. Cold compressors and artificial tears will help. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye live on surfaces?

48 hours: "pink eye" is caused by a virus, which can only live inside cells. Surfaces, if dry, will have no viral replication after 48 hours. ...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