A stye, also referred to as an “infection of the glands along the edge of the eyelid,” is a common ailment among those who have been wearing contact lenses for some time. These are typically not life-threatening and are only painful when they swell up. This is an article on how to get rid of a stye in the eye. Here are some things you can do if you have this ailment:
1) Take antibiotics if there are signs that it’s bacterial.
2) Apply warm compresses or use over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream for irritation or inflammation.
3) Leave the affected eye uncovered to minimize the pressure on it, and keep it clean.
4) Avoid removing your lenses immediately after long periods of wear, which can increase stye formation by promoting bacterial growth.
5) Don’t use eyedrops to treat styes for more than 2 days since they can cause discomfort.
6) Take antifungal medicine only if the stye persists for over two weeks.
7) Get regular check-ups by your doctor so that you can get rid of this ailment quickly.
Frequent eyelids rubbing against the lenses will encourage the bacteria to grow on the lens and can lead to styes. This is mainly of concern to those with lenses that are requiring more care than usual. Another common cause of styes is excessive dryness of the skin under the eye. And can be caused by wearing contact lenses for long periods; tissue becomes shriveled and cracked. A simple, temporary measure would be to cover your contact lens with a small piece of moistened tissue paper every few hours while you sleep.
Another problem is a lack of lubrication in contact lenses, either due to an inadequate preservative or patient error. Since the contact lens moves very little, it needs a layer of moisture between it and the eye. Dryness can result from a variety of issues, including medications that dry the eyes, excessive crying or frequent washing of contacts with soap.
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The main cause of a stye can be irritation from dirt on the contact lens surface. If you have a problem with the lenses being too tight or not comfortable enough to wear for any length of time, either you have purchased the wrong size or your eyes have become accustomed to a different type of lens and your vision will be blurry without them for some time. They tend to work themselves out after a few days’ wear and won’t hurt as much as they do when they first start.
In order to prevent styes from happening, anyone who wears contact lenses should:
- Stay off your contacts for a few hours a day if you have a soft lens or a silicone hydrogel lens in the same case as the hard lens. If you have a rigid gas permeable lens in the same case as soft lenses, don’t wear them for at least five minutes after putting them in every day. This helps to prevent smears from forming on both surfaces of your lenses.
- Hold off on putting in your contacts until you’re ready to wear them for the entire day, since smears can also happen while your lenses are in your eyes.
- Be cautious when using eye makeup, since some of it can get on your lenses and cause smears.
- Avoid touching the surface of your lenses with anything (especially oily products such as lotions or hair spray) since this will likely result in smears or scratching of the surface.
- Wear your contact lens case only when you have a contact lens inside it so that you don’t use water to clean out any gunk instead of what is intended for cleaning contact lens cases.
To conclude, Styes can be easily removed or minimized by cleansing with an ocular irrigating solution, use of a hydrocortisone 0.1% and/or topical antibiotic treatment for hydrocortisone and cleanliness of the lens surface.