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Wearing contact lenses with a black eye

I had a sporting accident (honest!) and have a black eye. My eye is swollen, but it is still open and I can see through it. Can I continue wear my lenses? Is there anything you recommend to speed up the healing?

Optician’s answer

Thank you for your question, and I am sorry to hear about your sporting accident.

It would be advisable to stop wearing contact lenses  until all swelling has subsided. The accident hasn’t affected your vision, but inserting and removing contact lenses may cause further irritation to your eyelids.

To be certain the accident hasn’t caused damage to your eye, you should attend an appointment with your optician as soon as possible.

Once your optician has examined your eye, they will be able to advise the most suitable rest period from contact lenses, and when you can continue to wear them. By examining your eye, your optician can also tell you about any treatments used to aid the healing process.

If you are a Lenstore customer you are entitled to free eye test and contact lens appointments with Vision Express. You can book this appointment through your Lenstore account online, or by contacting our Clinical Team who will be happy to arrange this for you.

I hope this has been of help and I wish you a speedy recovery.