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How do I know if I have an eye infection from wearing contact lenses?

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Stop wearing your contact lenses immediately if you have these eye symptoms:

Call your eye doctor as soon as possible. Some problems can be quite serious and need treatment right away to save your sight.

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Extra tears or sticky, gooey stuff from your eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Itching, burning, or a feeling that something's in your eye
  • Eye pain

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections," "What Is Bacterial Keratitis?" "Conjunctivitis: What Is Pink Eye?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Conjunctivitis," "Avoid These Eye Infections from Bad Contact Lens Habits."

FDA: "Contact Lens Risks."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Allergies of the Eye."

CDC: "Staphylococcus aureus in Healthcare Settings," "Fungal Eye Infection Statistics," "Treatment for Fungal Eye Infections."

American Optometric Association: "Conjunctivitis," "Bacterial Eye Infection Treatment," "Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections," "What Is Bacterial Keratitis?" "What is Fungal Keratitis?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Keratitis (Corneal Ulcers)."

All About Vision: "Acanthamoeba Keratitis: What Contact Lens Wearers Need To Know."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 07, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections," "What Is Bacterial Keratitis?" "Conjunctivitis: What Is Pink Eye?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Conjunctivitis," "Avoid These Eye Infections from Bad Contact Lens Habits."

FDA: "Contact Lens Risks."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Allergies of the Eye."

CDC: "Staphylococcus aureus in Healthcare Settings," "Fungal Eye Infection Statistics," "Treatment for Fungal Eye Infections."

American Optometric Association: "Conjunctivitis," "Bacterial Eye Infection Treatment," "Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections," "What Is Bacterial Keratitis?" "What is Fungal Keratitis?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Keratitis (Corneal Ulcers)."

All About Vision: "Acanthamoeba Keratitis: What Contact Lens Wearers Need To Know."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 07, 2019

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