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Contact lenses for conjunctivitis in adults

Con­junc­tivi­tis is one of the most com­mon inflam­ma­to­ry eye dis­eases in peo­ple of all ages. Con­tact lens­es are used by mil­lions of peo­ple around the world. But is it pos­si­ble to wear lens­es dur­ing inflam­ma­tion of the mucous mem­brane of the eye?
Contact lenses for conjunctivitis in adults
Con­tact lens­es for con­junc­tivi­tis in adults.

The term “con­junc­tivi­tis” refers to a group of inflam­ma­to­ry dis­eases of the mucous mem­brane of the eye (con­junc­ti­va). The nature of the inflam­ma­to­ry process can be either infec­tious (these are path­o­gen­ic bac­te­ria, fun­gi, virus­es) or non-infec­tious (due to expo­sure to aller­gens, irri­tants, dry air, cor­ro­sive gas­es, smoke). Quite pro­nounced and vivid symp­toms are typ­i­cal for con­junc­tivi­tis:

  • severe lacrima­tion;
  • red­ness of the scle­ra, itch­ing and burn­ing in the eyes;
  • dis­charge of a mucous or puru­lent nature, accu­mu­lat­ing in the cor­ners of the eyes or along the edges of the eye­lids.

Can I wear lenses with conjunctivitis?

Against the back­ground of such symp­toms, the use of con­tact lens­es will be extreme­ly dif­fi­cult. They can be dif­fi­cult to even put on and can increase pain and dis­com­fort. Even if con­junc­tivi­tis is not very pro­nounced, there is no puru­lent dis­charge from the eyes, and in the first days of the dis­ease the symp­toms are not very pro­nounced, experts do not rec­om­mend the use of con­tact lens­es, what­ev­er they may be.

It is worth remov­ing the prod­ucts and using glass­es dur­ing the ill­ness to give the eyes a chance to recov­er. In order to refuse to wear con­tact lens­es dur­ing acute con­junc­tivi­tis, there are a num­ber of good rea­sons:

  • set­ting lens­es in irri­tat­ed, inflamed eyes is painful and can addi­tion­al­ly injure the mucous mem­brane;
  • dur­ing the peri­od of con­junc­tivi­tis, the eyes require spe­cial care, the use of med­ica­tions that are sim­ply impos­si­ble to pro­vide when wear­ing con­tact lens­es;
  • under the lens, the most favor­able envi­ron­ment for the devel­op­ment of infec­tion will be cre­at­ed, biofilms will form on the sur­face of the lens, com­pli­ca­tions of the dis­ease are pos­si­ble.

What lenses are needed for conjunctivitis

In the acute stage of con­junc­tivi­tis, wear­ing lens­es is con­traindi­cat­ed. After the infec­tion sub­sides, all the main symp­toms are elim­i­nat­ed and the course of treat­ment is com­plet­ed, it is imper­a­tive to use only new lens­es. Those prod­ucts that were in use at the time of the onset of the dis­ease can become a source of re-infec­tion — com­pli­ca­tions can occur, the infec­tion threat­ens to become chron­ic.

If one-day lens­es were used, there are no prob­lems at all, you can sim­ply put on a new pair after recov­ery. If the lens­es are worn for 14 to 28 days or more but have not expired, the lens­es should not be used again to save mon­ey. This can cause the infec­tion to dam­age the tis­sues of the cornea, which can lead to cloud­ing of the cornea and severe vision prob­lems.

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How to choose lens­es for the eyes: advice from doc­tors

Solu­tions that are designed to clean lens­es can remove those deposits that form dai­ly, dis­in­fect the lens, but they can­not com­plete­ly rid the prod­uct of dan­ger. There­fore, it is nec­es­sary to change the kit for a new one.

What is the difference between lenses for conjunctivitis and ordinary lenses?

With con­junc­tivi­tis, no lens­es should be worn in the acute phase. There­fore, you should not use either one-day or any oth­er prod­ucts.

As the infec­tion clears up, you can switch to your usu­al lens­es, or tem­porar­i­ly use dis­pos­able lens­es for a week.

Reviews of doctors about lenses for conjunctivitis

“There are no such lens­es and, in prin­ci­ple, there shouldn’t be,” says oph­thal­mol­o­gist Max­im Kolomeyt­sev. — Dur­ing inflam­ma­tion in the eye, lens­es are strict­ly pro­hib­it­ed for use! No com­pro­mise! Chron­ic con­junc­tivi­tis is also treat­able, and you can return to the use of lens­es only after the end of ther­a­py.

Popular questions and answers

We dis­cussed with oph­thal­mol­o­gist Max­im Kolomeyt­sev the prob­lem of wear­ing con­tact lens­es in con­junc­tivi­tis, options for using prod­ucts and com­pli­ca­tions.

Can lenses themselves cause conjunctivitis?

Yes, the cause of inflam­ma­tion in the eye can be an infect­ed lens, due to non-com­pli­ance with hygiene rec­om­men­da­tions for its stor­age and use. Also, the infec­tion can get into the eye through con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed fin­gers at the time of putting on the lens­es.

Sit­u­a­tions with aller­gic reac­tions to the lens mate­r­i­al and the solu­tion used with the lens­es are not exclud­ed.

How can I reduce the risk of conjunctivitis while wearing lenses?

Fol­low all hygiene rec­om­men­da­tions pre­scribed by your doc­tor for the use and stor­age of lens­es.

What to do if the eyes with the lenses are reddened, sick?

In case of red­den­ing of the eyes or any oth­er dis­com­fort in the eyes with the lens­es on, they should be removed imme­di­ate­ly. In order to alle­vi­ate the con­di­tion, you can drip an arti­fi­cial tear or rinse the eye with saline (in case small for­eign objects get into the eye). If red­ness per­sists or pain syn­drome has joined, vision wors­ens, pho­to­pho­bia appears in the eye, there is an abnor­mal dis­charge from the eye, you should imme­di­ate­ly con­sult a doc­tor.

How long after an illness can you use lenses again?

After suf­fer­ing from con­junc­tivi­tis, you can return to the use of lens­es, but not ear­li­er than 5 to 7 days after the com­ple­tion of treat­ment.

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