Dealing with a stye can be an uncomfortable experience, especially for those who rely on contact lenses for clear vision. One common concern is determining how long after a stye you can safely resume wearing contact lenses.
When you’re determining when to resume wearing contact lenses, the factors to consider include the severity of the stye, your doctor’s advice, and proper hygiene practices, but in general, you should wait until all symptoms of a stye, such as redness, swelling, and pain, have completely subsided before wearing contacts again.
Caring for your eyes all starts with seeking out your eye doctor’s advice in an eye exam. During an exam, we can get a better understanding of a stye’s severity, provide options for treatment, and help you determine a timetable for resuming contact usage.
While styes are often harmless and tend to resolve on their own, they can cause discomfort and affect daily activities such as wearing contact lenses. They usually cause pain, swelling, and redness.
Who is Susceptible to a Stye?
A stye may be more likely to occur if you:
- Have had one before
- Use contact lenses
- Are not maintaining your eye hygiene
- Use contaminated or outdated eye makeup
- Have other conditions, such as blepharitis, an irritated or infected eyelid
- Have additional health issues, including diabetes, seborrheic dermatitis, or rosacea
Styes & Contact Lenses
If you wear contact lenses and develop a stye, you should remove your contacts until the stye has healed. The good news is that styes usually go away on their own within a week or 2.
Once your stye has healed and is no longer causing any pain or irritation, you can usually resume wearing contacts. However, it’s essential to take some precautions to prevent any further infections.
It’s vital to keep your contacts and contact case clean to reduce the risk of contracting another infection. You should also make sure your hands are always clean before handling your contacts.
Pay attention and keep monitoring your eyes for any further redness, irritation, or discomfort, as these may be early signs of a recurrence.
Timeframe for Contact Lens Use After a Stye
The timeframe for resuming contact lens wear after a stye can vary depending on the severity of the stye and individual healing times. In general, it is advised to wait until the stye has completely healed before reintroducing contact lenses.
If you are uncertain about resuming contact lens wear after a stye, it’s important to check with your optometrist. We can examine your eyes, determine the cause of the infection, and provide guidance on contact lens care.
In some cases, we may recommend waiting a little longer than 2 weeks, or we may recommend that you switch to daily disposable lenses.
Factors to Consider:
- Severity of the Stye: Mild styes may resolve within a few days, while more severe cases could take longer. It’s crucial to allow sufficient time for the stye to heal completely.
- Your Eye Doctor’s Advice: Consulting an eye care professional is essential for managing styes. We can assess your stye’s progression, provide personalized guidance, and recommend the appropriate timeframe for resuming contact lens use.
- Hygiene Practices: Maintaining good eye hygiene is crucial during stye recovery. This includes regularly cleaning your eyelids, avoiding eye makeup, and refraining from touching or rubbing the affected area.
- Symptom Resolution: Wait until all symptoms, such as redness, swelling, and pain, have completely subsided. Resuming contact lens use prematurely may exacerbate irritation and prolong the healing process.
Preventing Future Styes
To minimize the risk of future styes, consider the following preventive measures:
- Follow Proper Hygiene Practices: Wash your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses or touching your face.
- Use Regular Lens Care: Adhere to a strict cleaning and disinfecting routine for your contact lenses.
- Avoid Eye Makeup Contamination: Replace eye makeup regularly, at least every 3 months, and avoid using it while a stye is present.
It’s essential to be patient when it comes to your eyes. It is better to wait a little longer to wear contacts again than to risk eye damage or another painful stye.
If you continue to experience discomfort or irritation, you should book an appointment with your eye doctor to assess the underlying issue.
Clear Vision, Healthy Eyes: Navigating Styes with Care
Styes can be annoying and painful, but the good news is that they typically resolve themselves in a week or 2. If you wear contact lenses, it’s important to remove them until the stye has healed and you are no longer experiencing any redness, pain, or swelling.
Ensure that you observe proper lens care practices and maintain cleanliness to prevent any further infections. If in doubt, always consult your eye doctor, as we can provide sound advice to keep your eye health in check.
Patience and caution are key when considering the resumption of contact lens wear after a stye. Prioritize your eye health, follow the advice of your eye care professional at The Eye Gallery, and ensure the stye has fully healed before reintroducing contact lenses. If irritation persists, schedule an appointment today!