When Can I Safely Wear Contacts Again After Pink Eye?

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye infection that can cause discomfort and sensitivity to the eyes. If you wear contacts, you may wonder when it is safe to wear them again after having pink eye. It is generally recommended that you wait at least 24 hours after starting treatment for pink eye before wearing contacts again. This allows the infection to clear up and reduces the risk of spreading it further.

It is important to follow your doctor’s recommendations and finish any prescribed medication before resuming contact lens use. Additionally, make sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect your contact lenses and case before putting them back in. This can help prevent any residual bacteria from causing a re-infection.

It is also advisable to schedule a follow-up visit with your eye care provider to ensure that the infection has completely cleared before wearing contacts again. If you experience any discomfort or lingering symptoms after resuming contact lens use, contact your doctor immediately.

– Clean and disinfect contact lenses and case regularly
– Avoid sharing contact lenses or wearing someone else’s
– Wash your hands frequently, especially before handling contact lenses
– Replace contact lenses and case as recommended by the manufacturer