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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you wear contacts while applying stye medication?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Alice Epitropoulos
33 years experience
Contacts and meds: I discourage wearing contact lenses while using ocular medications. You may wear your glasses until the treatment has been completed. The medication can coat and damage the contact lenses, there may be increased risk of corneal infection with an active lid infection, which would be another reason to discontinue contact lens wear.

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A 41-year-old male asked:

What I do if you wear contacts and get a stye?

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Dr. Alan Jackson
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Warm compresses: A style is essentially congested or plugged up oil glands on the eyelids. The heat will unplug the oil glands.
Dr. Jeffrey Kalt
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Stay out of your contacts until the stye resolves as it could be a greater risk for infection. Try warm compresses to help the stye drain.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can I wear contacts with a stye?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Stye on eyelid: Yes but..... If the stye is small, and does not push on the cornea, it is ok to wear contacts. If the stye grows bigger and impinges on the cornea, it may be uncomfortable to wear contacts. Try hot compresses three times a day for 5 minutes. If the stye persists, contact your local ophthalmologist.
Last updated Jul 17, 2017


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