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Dr. Dan B.
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I left my contacts in over night and now my eyes hurt, are

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I left my contacts in over night and now my eyes hurt, are red and watery. I have some drops from a previous case of conjunctivitis. Can I use these drops to cure my current situation?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.
Hello and thanks for your question. What is the name of the eye drops you have?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Polymyxin B Sulfate and Trimethoprim Ophthalmic Solution USP
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.
You likely will have no problem using those drops, but if things are getting worse or not getting better after a couple of days then I would see your eye doctor immediately. I would also have a very low threshold for seeing your eye doctor because infections related to contact lens use can cause rapid, progressive and permanent vision loss.
You probably already thought of this as well, but I would be sure to stay out of the contacts for at least a week or until your doctor directs you.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Do I need to throw away the contacts I slept in? Is my infection contagious? I'm in food service and do not want to pass it on to anyone else. Thank you for your rapid response and for this great service for us working class people that do not have insurance!
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.
I would suggest throwing away those contacts, unfortunately. And, while it is possible that this is a viral infection and therefore not caused by contact lens use, I highly suspect that this is related to the contact lens use and therefore these usually are NOT contagious.
Does that make sense?