• Can I wear contact lenses while I have pink eye?


    Question:

    Can I wear contacts once for running if I throw them away (they are disposable) after the race? I usually run with my contacts on. I have been treating conjunctivitis (pink eye) for five days now and it's almost cleared up.


    Answer:

    I really need to know more about the type of conjunctivitis you have and how it has responded to treatment. There are many kinds of conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis usually responds to topical antibiotic eye drops quickly and you likely could wear the contact lenses for your run. Viral conjunctivitis can take several weeks to clear and it might not be wise to wear contact lenses for your run. I am certain your ophthalmologist can answer this question specifically for your needs and situation.


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