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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 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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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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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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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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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 tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Can you tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Weeks: Viral conjuctivitis usually has a two week course before the infection resolves. The ey may remain inflammed for several weeks after the infection. This can be controlled with antiinflammatory drops. ...Read more

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My pink eye (viral) symptoms are gone but my eye is still blurry can I wear make up?

My pink eye (viral) symptoms are gone but my eye is still blurry can I wear make up?

Yea you can: You might be blurry from dry eye syndrome so try systaine balance in the blurry eye and see if it helps ...Read more

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How long will viral pink eye last? It started in left eye on day 1 and spread to right eye on day 3. Currently on day 5 and both eyes are infected

How long will viral pink eye last? It started in left eye on day 1 and spread to right eye on day 3. Currently on day 5 and both eyes are infected

Secondary infection: Usually viral pink eye resolves in a couple of days. You might have a secondary bacterial infection. You may need antibacterial eye drops to clear the infection. ...Read more

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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

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What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

Usually the same: Most "pink eye" is caused by viral conjunctivitis, in which case they're the same. However, a bacterial conjunctivitis, though less common, could cause the same symptoms and be referred to as pink eye, and there are other conditions that can make the eye look red. ...Read more

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I had viral pink eye and was diagnosed with adenovirus. My husband caught it, and I am almost 100 percent better. Can I catch it back from him?

I had viral pink eye and was diagnosed with adenovirus. My husband caught it, and I am almost 100 percent better. Can I catch it back from him?

Unlikely: You will have immunity for adenovirus, but can get bacterial infection like any one if you are not careful. ...Read more

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I have had viral pink eye in one eye for six days. It has now spread to my other eye. Can I expect the same amount of time for the new eye to heal.

I have had viral pink eye in one eye for six days. It has now spread to my other eye. Can I expect the same amount of time for the new eye to heal.

Might be faster: Now that your immune system has experience fighting that virus the second eye might heal more quickly. Some things that may speed healing:
Adequate rest, a good multivitamin, Vit C 1000 mg 3x/day, avoid sweets. Get eyebright tea and apply warm compresses with it. Get Sovereign Silver at health food store and apply 1-2 drops every 2-3 hours. Similisan homeopathic eyedrops also help many. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I be using naphcon a to help relieve viral pink eye?

Should I be using naphcon a to help relieve viral pink eye?

Limited use: Naphcon is a vasoconstrictor that causes the blood vessels on your conjunctiva to constrict and this causes the redness and congestion to go down. It is a symptomatic treatment but does not change anything with the viral infection course. Overusage of the naphcon is a problem as it can cause rebound vasocongestion (more redness and discomfort). Some people become "addicted" to these drops. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be using naphcon a to relieve viral pink eye?

Do you think I should be using naphcon a to relieve viral pink eye?

Safe: Yes, its safe. Make sure you throw it out after 1-2 weeks so you don't reinfect your eye. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to cure viral pink eye?

Can there be any way to cure viral pink eye?

It usually runs its: Course. Most viral conjunctivitis does not require treatment (but antiviral meds may used if it is a herpes simplex virus infection). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could clear up viral pink eye fast?

Can you tell me how I could clear up viral pink eye fast?

Not possible: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. It will clear without treatment and there is no specific treatment to speed up healing. If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go b ack to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more

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My son had viral pink eye and eventually his sister got it. Is it possible for him to get it from her again or not because it was viral?

My son had viral pink eye and eventually his sister got it. Is it possible for him to get it from her again or not because it was viral?

Unlikely: Once your son has recovered from his pinkeye from whatever virus triggered it, he should have enough protective antibody floating around in his system to avoid a recurrence. If he has another bout it would likely be another agent, not the germ he shared with his sister. Even then, there is often a blocking agent called interferon that lingers in the area preventin new viral invasion for a while. ...Read more

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1year3month old boy had a viral pink eye 6month back. Cured in 2 days. Came back today again after 6 months. Is it OK? Or any other possibility

1year3month old boy had a viral pink eye 6month back. Cured in 2 days. Came back today again after 6 months. Is it OK? Or any other possibility

Pink Eye: First you have to make sure it is Pink eye, there are a lot of other conditions that looks like a simple conjunctivitis.
Usually it is a simple infection and does not cause any problems or chronic conditions, when it is recurrent you need to make sure it is not dust allergy, or sun sensitivity to name a few so definitely see your doctor if its coming back,
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Did I get diagnosed wrong? I have pink eye with bright green snot coming out of my eyes constantly, and they are treating it as if its viral and not b

Did I get diagnosed wrong? I have pink eye with bright green snot coming out of my eyes constantly, and they are treating it as if its viral and not b

Second opinion: If you are not confident in the initial diagnosis, get a second opinion. A virus is the most common cause of conjunctivitis by far. And for that, no antibiotics are needed. Discharge is normally milky/watery. If you experienece any decrease in vision, definitely get evaluated by an eye doc. Take care. ...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