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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

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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Is it safe to wear one contact lens in my right eye for only two hours. I have a form of pink eye in my left eye which still has some blurred vision.

Is it safe to wear one contact lens in my right eye for only two hours. I have a form of pink eye in my left eye which still has some blurred vision.

Not recommended: Conjunctivitis can spread quickly from one eye to the other. Therefore you should not wear contact lenses at all until the infection is clear. Continuing to wear the contact can increase the risk of worsening infection, corneal injury etc. ...Read more

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After completing a course of regular eye drops for conjunctivitis, when can I wear my contact lenses again?

After completing a course of regular eye drops for conjunctivitis, when can I wear my contact lenses again?

It depends: If you have just a simple bacterial conjunctivitis, i recommend patients use glasses for 1 week following therapy if completely recovered. Also, disposing of solutions and cases and starting with a new pair of disposable lenses may be helpful as well. If any irritation returns, be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Can you get pink eye from changing contact solutions?

Can you get pink eye from changing contact solutions?

Irritant rxn ??: Some people are sensitive to one or more of the components of a contact solution & will develop irritation any time they use it. Continued use will likely lead to more inflammation & discomfort. Switching back to one without the component should end the issue but it may take several days & require you stop using the contacts for a while for it to heal. ...Read more

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When can I start wearing my contacts if I have pink eye?

After it goes away: After your symptoms resolved and after your eye feels back to normal. It may takes 1-2 weeks or longer. Please throw away all your old contact cases, solutions and used contcat lenses. ...Read more

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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

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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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When can I start wearing my contacts again when I have had pink eye?

When better: You should wait until the condition responds which means the redness is almost gone, the eye feels fine and the vision is normalized. ...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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What happens if I accidently use pink eye medicine while still having my contacts on? Can I still use the contacts?

What happens if I accidently use pink eye medicine while still having my contacts on?  Can I still use the contacts?

Probably little: A good general rule is that if your eyes become red to any degree, you should remove your contacts. The addition of 'pink eye " medication, whatever that might be, probably makes no difference one way or another. You should remove the contacts, clean them thoroughly and wait for the redness to go away. Then you can rewear the contacts. ...Read more

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Is it important to disinfect my contact after having pink eye?

YES: It would be best to use a new contact after having pink eye but at the very least, you need to clean/disinfect the old one. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Thalassemia And Hemoglobinopathy (Definition)

Thalassemia is a type of hemoglobinopathy. It is inherited from one or both of your parents. There are many kind of thalassemia. Most causes anemia (low red blood cell count). Anemia couod be severe requiring blood. Taking iron does not cure the disease. Thalassemia is common in people living in the mediteranian countries, africa, middle east, india, and sotheastern asia such ...Read more


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Hsv Type 1 And 2 (Definition)

A variety of infections caused by herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2. Type 1 infections are marked by the eruption of vesicles on lips or at the external nares; type 2 by such lesions on the genitalia. Both types often are dormant and reappear during febrile illnesses or even physiologic states such as menstruation. The viruses become latent and and may not ...Read more