• 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 contact as long as the chalazion is not infected (called a stye). An actual chalazion is a cystic structure (fluid-filled sac) that is the end product of the battle your body has made to overcome a stye (a red, sore lump near the eyelid, caused by an infected eyelash follicle). If it cannot get rid of it completely, it simply puts a tissue barrier around it. So you can wear contact lenses without a problem unless the chalazion is so large, that it bumps into the lens in which case your ophthalmologist can be consulted for removal.


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