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When can I wear eye makeup and contacts after an eye infection?

When can I wear eye makeup and contacts after an eye infection?

Depends: Usually your eye doctor will tell you when you can go back into contacts or wear eye makeup after an eye infection. This is why you should have an eye doctor diagnose you first since there are many conditions that can appear with similar symptoms as an infection, but turn out to be a more serious condition.

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How long after a eye infection ends can I wear eye makeup and contacts?

How long after a eye infection ends can I wear eye makeup and contacts?

When improved: When the redness is almost gone, the eye is comfortable and there is no discharge, you can then reapply makeup and start wearing contacts. The time is variable for this to happen but the time to add contacts and makeup is easily determined when the signs and symptoms improve.

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I recently started using eye makeup and wanted to know what the signs are for an eye infection so that I don't use my makeup and get it contaminated.

I recently started using eye makeup and wanted to know what the signs are for an eye infection so that I don't use my makeup and get it contaminated.

Redness, discharge: Redness, discharge, eyelids sticking together (worse in am), withscratchy foreign-body sensation, especially if there has been a recent upper respiratory infection.

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Can you get an eye infection from sleeping with eye makeup? Any home cures? I don't have insurance.

Can you get an eye infection from sleeping with eye makeup? Any home cures? I don't have insurance.

Irritant rxn: Unless the material you are using is contaminated by germs, it is unlikely any eye infection is related. Many do get small bits of eyeliner or other makeup into the sensitive spaces around the eye (folds of the conjunctiva) this can cause swelling & redness that is irritant based rather than infective. Generous use of eye wash or artificial tears can remove the debris & help the irritation fade.

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Should it be okay to wear contacts after an eye infection?

Should it be okay to wear contacts after an eye infection?

Depends: Only after your eye doctor says its ok. You can cause serious damage to your cornea wearing contacts with an eye infection. Good luck...

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Is it safe to wear contacts after having an eye infection?

Is it safe to wear contacts after having an eye infection?

Yes: Once the eye infection has been treated and is subdued or gone, you can go back to contact lens wear. Don't push this but when the redness is gone, the infection is gone.

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I had an eye infection few days ago, if I wear my contacts, can they get infected?

Depends: Usually your eye doctor will tell you when you can go back into contacts or wear eye makeup after an eye infection. This is why you should have an eye doctor diagnose you first since there are many conditions that can appear with similar symptoms as an infection, but turn out to be a more serious condition.

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What to do if I had an eye infection few days ago, should I wear my contacts, can they get infected?

What to do if I had an eye infection few days ago, should I wear my contacts, can they get infected?

Yes: Please see an eye doctor before restarting contact lens wear. You can cause damage to your eye wearing contact lenses with an infection. Yes the contacts can become a source of infection! Good luck...

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How clear an eye infection from contacts naturally?

How clear an eye infection from contacts naturally?

Not recommended: Eye infections from contact use can be very dangerous. Please see an eye doctor.

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How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

The white spot: Usually the most common infection associated with contact lens use is the bacterial corneal ulcer. This looks like a small white spot on the corneal surface. This needs to be treated asap to prevent potential vision loss!

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If you have an eye infection, should you wear eyeliner?

If you have an eye infection, should you wear eyeliner?

No: It is best to defer using all eye makeup until the infection resolves and your eye doctor says it's ok.

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What to do if I have eye infection due to my contacts what kind of eye drops should I buy?

What to do if I have eye infection due to my contacts what kind of eye drops should I buy?

See ophthalmologist: Eye infections from contacts are usually ulcerations that can be very serious. You should not self-treat this but should immediately see an ophthalmologist. There are no over the counter eyedrops for this condition. Take out the lens and get help immediately.

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Will crying with contacts can cause an eye infection?

No: Contacts can increase risk of infection when oxygenation decreased.

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Is it possible to get an eye infection from sleeping with your contacts in?

Yes: Major studies have shown that sleeping with your contacts in increases the risk of a contact lens related eye infection.

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I slept in my contacts and now I'm seeing a red ring around my iris, what should I do about this? Is it an early sign of an eye infection?

I slept in my contacts and now I'm seeing a red ring around my iris, what should I do about this? Is it an early sign of an eye infection?

Probably not: No. It is most likely due to the lens tightening during the night, compressing the tissue and blood vessels around the eye. There is probably some edema of your cornea, which you would notice as your vision will not be clear. Leave your lenses out for a day or two and then start wearing them part of the day and build up to all day. Don't sleep in them again!

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Can I swim after an eye infection?

Can I swim after an eye infection?

Yes: Once you have recovered completely give yourself a few weeks and with the clearance of your ophthalmologist, you may resume your normal activities. You may feel more comfortable wearing goggles while swimming.

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Eye still half-closed after an eye infection, what should I do?

Eye still half-closed after an eye infection, what should I do?

See doctor!: See and ophthalmologist. Depends on how long. It may still resolve, or you may have chalazion or other problem.

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What are eye infection symptoms?

What are eye infection symptoms?

Pink eye: Conjunctivitis, also known as "pink eye", causes drainage, pain, irritation, and redness of the involved eye. There are several types. Some are contagious and some are not. To be safe you should see your doc to see if you can get treatment to reduce your chances of passing the infection to others.

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