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Question

Pink eye treatment: What if I wear contact lenses?

I have pink eye and wear contact lenses. Do I have to dispose of my contacts, or can I disinfect them?

Updated: 06-29-2011

Answer

If you wear disposable contact lenses, your doctor may ask you to throw out your contacts as part of your pink eye treatment. If you have contact lenses that aren't disposable, your doctor may recommend you disinfect your contacts. Contact lens accessories, such as your contact lens case and contact lens solution, should be discarded and replaced.

Wait until your eyes are no longer red and you no longer experience eye discharge before wearing contacts again.