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Is Conjunctivitis Caused by Contact Lenses Contagious?


    • Conjunctivitis gets it's nickname "pink eye" for a good reason--a pink and irritated eye is the hallmark symptom. A burning or stinging sensation, excessive tearing and crusting are other common symptoms.


    • Conjunctivitis caused by bacteria or a virus is highly contagious. Allergic conjunctivitis caused by a sensitivity to an allergen (such as dust, smoke or even a certain contact lens solution) is not contagious. GPC is caused by a reaction to contacts or solutions or by wearing overused or improperly cleaned contacts.


    • Conjunctivitis also can cause light sensitivity, and GPC can cause raised bumps to form on the inside of your eyelids.


    • The type of conjunctivitis will determine the treatment. For example, antibiotic drops will help treat bacterial conjunctivitis but won't help viral conjunctivitis. Regardless of type, you will probably need to avoid wearing your contact lenses until the condition clears.


    • Clean your contact lenses according to your doctor's instructions and don't wear damaged or dirty lenses. Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses.

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