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

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

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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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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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

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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 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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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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My eye got really red after taking off my contacts last night now I have pink eye , what drug store eye drops can I buy to help this ?

My eye got really red after taking off my contacts last night now I have pink eye , what drug store eye drops can I buy to help this ?

Conjunctivitis: Try systane preservative free in single vials. Do not put in your contact again till it is all clear. If does not clear up in 24 hours or have blurred vision pain go to urgent care optometrist ( at lenscrafters, houreyes) and get checked may need antibiotics. ...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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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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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

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