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Had fallen asleep with my contact lenses in, when i woke up, my right eye hurt. Later it started to pain badly. What is this i have?

yesterday i fell asleep on a sofa in my university library for about 45 minutes. when i woke up, my right eye hurt, however i dismissed this as being due to the fact that i had fallen asleep with my contact lenses in.
When i went home and went to bed, i woke up with a lot of pain in my right eye, it felt a little swollen, was extremely red, and kind of throbbed painfully when i looked at direct light.
i did hear that conjuctivitis was going around, is this what i have? and is falling asleep on the sofa what would have done it?
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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It could be viral conjunctivitis but the fact that you are a contact lens werarer & have a history of falling asleep with your CL on, I would like to rule out Contact lens induced red eye(CLARE) and Corneal infection.
You've mentioned pain and intolerance to light which suggests there might be some corneal involvement ( could be only CL induced red eye which would resolve with steroid drops and tear substitutes or corneal infection which needs investigation & treatment of the specific organism).
Hope you have seen your ophthalmologist by now.
Till then discontinue your CL and keep instilling a tear substitut like Refresh liqugel every hour.
Answered: Fri, 21 Jun 2013
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