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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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I just came from the eye doctor and the girl working on me

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I just came from the eye doctor and the girl working on me took out a small alcohol pad wiped down my chin and head guard then wiped the eye piece that goes into my eye. My question is can i catch a disease from the eye piece since it actually really did not get any of the alcohol since it was the last to be wiped.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

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Dr. Rick :

Very, very,very, very unlikely. The alcohol kills almost everything on contact, even if it had wiped down the other parts of the slit lamp first.

Customer:

How can that be when the eye piece was the last to be wiped which probably had very little strength left. My concern is for serious diseases like hiv or hepititis

Dr. Rick :

It would have been more aesthetically pleasing if the tech had wiped down the tonometer first but I believe you will be OK

Customer:

Thank you.

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