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Contacts and Pink-Eye

This is a discussion on Contacts and Pink-Eye within the General Contact Lens Care and Questions forums; Hi, I'm looking for advice on how to sterilize or otherwise clean gas-perm contacts after ...

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Old 12-26-2008, 07:28 PM
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Default Contacts and Pink-Eye


I'm looking for advice on how to sterilize or otherwise clean gas-perm contacts after they have (likely) been contaminated by pink-eye bacteria. I wore mine and came down with my daughter's pink-eye that evening and am worried about re-infection if I wear them after finishing the eye-drop regimine. Any advice?
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:00 AM
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Sorry I don't have an informed answer, but I'd be curious to hear from someone more knowledgeable on this, too.

I had a bout with pink eye once that definitely had nothing to do with pink eye.

I was wondering if it's not possible you were infected by other contact with your daughter that didn't involve the contact lenses?
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:14 PM
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Yeah, infections happens elsewhere, though it is horrible getting pink eye. There is some special eye drops to medicate for that.
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:38 PM
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If it's a big concern and the contacts are disposable you might consider getting rid of them just to be on the safe side...that or give them a through cleaning for a few days, replacing the solution every so often. (Personally never had pink-eye with contacts, good track record with acuve)
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:04 PM
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I have had pink eye before and I also think that I got it from my contact lenses. It was really horrible and I couldn't open my eyes in the morning.
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:15 PM
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Default Pink eye and lenses

Pink eye is an infection of the eye usually caused by either bacterial or viral infection of the conjunctiva part of the eye. It causes the sclera (white part) to become reddened and the veins ad capillaries of the eye to engorge. A discharge is common and can be purulent, smelly or shard like.
Both forms of pink eye are CONTAGIOUS!

Contact lenses should be TOSSED. As the micro cellular structure can be a perfect petri dish like situation for breeding the bacteria/virus.

As should all cosmetics, mascara, eye liner, pencils, shadow etc.

Towels that are used should be washed in very hot water with a higher concentration of bleach and LYSOL in a two wash hot dryer load.

All tissues that are used to wipe the eye should be placed in a separate bag and if possible burned.

Medication for pink eye can be drops, ointments or creams. Never touch the vial directly to the eye. Always use drops above the eye and ointment can be applied using steri-sticks.

Pinkeye can damage the eye by the building up of granular scar tissue.

Viral Pink eye usually runs its course but can cause scarring and damage as well.

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Old 01-11-2009, 01:35 AM
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Thanks everyone! For a follow-up: I ended up cleaning the contacts with new cleaning solution really well and soaking in a new case and new soaking solution for several days. Getting new contacts was not a great financial option at this time, but all is well thank heavens.

I didn't get the pink-eye from my contacts, sorry if it read that way, I got it from my 2-year old who likes to snuggle and pet my face when she's not feeling well and was wearing my contacts up-to and at the time that I came down with symptoms. (And I did the eye-drops without wearing contacts to get rid of the infection.)

Thanks for the replies!
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:07 AM
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Default Pink eye-otherwise known as Conjunctivitis

This happens to be my specialty. So, I can tell you a little bit about it.
I treat two to three cases per week of pink eye. Pink eye in its most common form is viral in nature. Rarely is it baterial (although not unheard of).
The bacterial form usually has the purulent discharge. Pretty gross and you will have no trouble differentiating it from the "I woke up with my eyes stuck together". Lots of yellow to green stuff means trouble with a capital T.But treatable with antibiotics.
An even more uncommon form takes months or years to go away and that form is an STD. Put politely, someone looking for love in all the wrong places.
But I digress.......
Most of the cases which appear or call are viral in nature. Usually Adenovirus.
Yep, the common cold. Now, this person specifically mentioned that her lenses were "hard" and so all of you telling her to "throw them away" did not realize that hers were not the "throw away" variety. As such, they cannot absorb the dreaded virus.
A good rubbing and its all gone...Friction kills most of it.

But lets review for a moment how one gets "over" the common cold. One develops "immunity" to that particular virus. As such, it is not particularly possible to "recontract" it from your lens.
Doctors tell the patient to sterilize the lens mostly for the patients own peace of mind, not because it actually serves any purpose.
If one is immune compromised...we'll leave that one for another discussion another day...well that person might very well get the virus again. I truly hope that few of you are immune compromised. Taking chemo or HIV positive.
For those of you who do develop the dreaded "pink eye" take heart. There is treatment. Few if any doctors actually perform the "treatment" but it is available. Treatment is not an antibiotic as you will no doubt be given for your viral conditon. It involves disinfecting the eye to kill the vast majority of the virus.
Hope this long post helps you all understand "pink eye".

Allan J. Panzer, O.D.
Therapeutic Optometrist
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:16 PM
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I've never had pink eye, and reading all this makes me really hope I never get it. How long does it usually last?
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:01 PM
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Default Pink Eye

7-10 days without intervention...two or so with my procedure.
Dr. Panzer
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:51 PM
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Two or so is a lot better than 7-10. If I'm ever unfortunate enough to get pink eye, you'll be hearing from me.
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