Fluorescein Side Affect

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Question1 Says:

About 7 years ago i had a contact lens test. They put the orange dye (fluorescein) in my eye and a few seconds later i passed out and woke not being able to see anything for 5 minutes.

7 years on and i would contacts again. I spoke to an optician who said they'd never heard of such a reaction, and i would need to use that dye if i wanted contacts.

I'm not a squeamish person and have no trouble with things near my eye so should i just do the test again and hope it was a one off?


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Stuart Weedn Says:

No - tell your optician to speak with an M.D. not O.D. anaphalactic shock (a potential life threatening reaction) is know to occur with fluorescein usually associated with injectable fluorescein but sure sounds like what you had. There are other products they can use, Rose Glo or Lissamine Green

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Verwon Says:

Stuart is correct, such reactions are always possible and, in respect to Fluorescein, the chances of your having another reaction, after having already had one is 25 times higher.


The information is listed in the monograph that I linked to, under the safety section.

The risk, however, can be reduced, if the person is given antihistamines, prior to the testing, however, there is no way of knowing if they will work for you.

Has your eye doctor offered you any alternatives?

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Question1 Says:

Thanks for the replies. Happy to here there may be alternatives. Will head down and have a chat with them and see what they say.

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