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Wearing Contacts With Pink Eye

Pink eye is a layman's term for the medical condition conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin piece of tissue that covers the whites of the eyes and the inner eyelids. When the conjunctiva becomes inflamed, it looks pink or red from a distance.
Wearing contacts with pink eye can slow down the treatment process and increase the risk of transmission. If you wear contacts and are diagnosed with either viral or bacterial conjunctivitis, you should throw away the disposable lenses that you were wearing and the lens case. Nondisposable lenses should be disinfected overnight. You should not wear contacts again until the eye is white and there is no discharge.
People taking antibiotics should wait for 24 hours after the antibiotics have been stopped before wearing contacts again.
Also, it is important to know that people who wear contacts are at increased risk for some more serious conditions that also cause a red or pink eye. Therefore, it is important that you do not diagnose yourself with pink eye from a virus, bacteria, or allergies. See your healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis, even if you think the condition is conjunctivitis.
(Click Pink Eye Treatment or Pink Eye Prevention for more warnings and precautions on how to treat and prevent bacterial or viral conjunctivitis if you wear contacts.)
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