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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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Is viral pink eye contageous?

Is viral pink eye contageous?

Yes: This can be triggered by a variety of viruses that are picked up on the fingers touching contaminated areas in the environment.They can also be transferred back to door knobs, counter tops,etc if you touch them after touching your face. Good hand washing can decrease transfer of the germ. ...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

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