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Sometimes if you wear your contacts too long, your eyes can become
irritated. Your eyes may become red and slightly painful. Usually all you need
to do is remove your contacts and rest your eyes.
If you have symptoms of pinkeye (conjunctivitis), remove your contacts and wear glasses
until you have talked with your health professional or your symptoms have gone
Mild pinkeye can be caused by solutions used for cleaning contacts.
Rinse contacts well after cleaning. If this is not enough to stop your pinkeye,
you may need to change your contact solution or your contacts.
It is important to clean your contacts thoroughly to remove any virus
or bacteria from the contacts after having pinkeye. If the contacts are not
thoroughly cleaned, they can reinfect your eye. If you are not able to clean
your contacts thoroughly, your health professional may be able to clean your
contacts or you may need to replace them. If you have disposable contacts, it
is better to use a new pair after having pinkeye.
November 2, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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