• Can I wear my contact lenses if I have a stye?


    Question:

    What would happen if I wore contact lenses (rigid gas permeable) with a chalazion (stye)? My eyesight prescription is complex and glasses don't correct it. There is no pain with the chalazion and the swelling has come down.


    Answer:

    It is probably OK to wear your contacts as long as the chalazion is not infected (called a stye). An actual chalazion is a cyst, or fluid-filled sac, that results from your body fighting an infection called a stye (a red, sore lump near the eyelid, caused by an infected oil gland). If your body's immune system cannot remove the chalazion completely, it simply puts a tissue barrier around it.

    So you can wear contact lenses unless the chalazion is so large, that it bumps into the lens. In this case, see your ophthalmologist who can remove it.


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