Can I Wear Contacts With a Stye?


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Contact lenses should be avoided while suffering from a stye in the eye. This is due to the fact that a stye is painful and the contact lens can irritate it even further. People with contacts are advised to switch to glasses until the stye goes away.

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After the stye has healed, contact lenses should be cleaned completely to ensure there is no bacteria or germs residing on them. A stye, while caused by a backed up oil gland, can cause irritation in the eye and under the eyelid which, in turn, can make the person more susceptible to infection.

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