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I wear contact lenses and I have caught some kind of infection that just makes my eyes red especially in the morning. So I am unable to wear my lenses because they get redder if I do. My son had pink eye a few weeks ago and took Cortisporin. My symptoms are just redness and some burning & itchiness but I took the same medicine as him. It seemed to get rid of the red but each time I took it it burned my eyes and made them red for an hour or so. Was I allergic? My eye doctor put me on Eflone for 12 days and said if that doesn't work, there is nothing he can do. Do I have to live with this and not be able to wear my contacts?

If you develop redness in your eyes, particularly in the morning, but do not have itching or watering, your symptoms are not those of a typical allergy. Redness that occurs primarily in the morning can be due to inflammation of the eyelids, a condition called, Blepharitis. There is also a type of inflammation that some contact lens wearers get if their contact lenses are old or do not fit well. This also could be a possible source of your symptoms. It is unlikely that an active infection would create redness without other symptoms as well. If your current treatment is not successful you may wish to have your eye doctor investigate other possible causes or even consider rechecking or changing your contact lenses. It is usually not necessary to discontinue contact lens wear as a result of the type of symptoms you described.

What happens and is it bad to fall asleep on airplanes with contacts in?

Falling asleep with contacts in usually causes surface irritation of the cornea, and in rare cases can cause an abrasion of the eye.  If the discomfort disappears within an hour or two after awakening, there is usually no cause for concern.   However, if the eye continues to be uncomfortable an eye doctor should examine it as soon as feasible.  If it's possible to avoid sleeping with contacts at all (e.g.-take them out while on an airplane) that is the best course for the health of your eyes.

What can I do to alleviate the discomfort I experience when I wear my contact lenses in large buildings with HVAC systems?  I presently use eye drops.

Eyedrops to lubricate your contacts can work well in office building environments, though they may have to be used quite frequently,  If that is the only setting in which you experience discomfort, drops are probably the best solution.  If however, you notice difficulty at other times, your contacts may be older or have a water content which is not optimum for you.


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