Lenses for barley in adults
With the development of barley, it is necessary to consult a doctor (in order to clarify the diagnosis and start treatment as soon as possible). But what about those people who wear contact lenses? Can they be used for barley or is it worth temporarily abandoning the use of this method of vision correction?
Among the key reasons for the development of barley, there is penetration into the sebaceous or sweat glands at the base of the eyelashes of pathogenic flora and, as a result, the formation of a purulent inflammatory focus. Often this process occurs against the background of a decrease in local immunity or a weakening of the general reactivity of the body. In more than 90% of cases, inflammation provokes Staphylococcus aureus. Hypothermia, colds, malnutrition, as well as violation of personal hygiene, touching the eyes with unwashed hands, using low-quality cosmetics or its untimely removal from the eyes can contribute to the appearance of barley.
Also, the development of barley can contribute to chronic inflammation of the edges of the eyelids in persons who wear contact lenses, if the rules for using and caring for them are not followed. For example, if they violate the terms of wearing lenses, do not monitor the expiration date of the cleaning solution, do not rinse their storage accessories well, or do not change the liquid in the container at all for several days.
Is it possible to wear lenses with barley
Given that barley is an infectious inflammation, the use of lenses for the entire acute period of the disease is contraindicated. To correct vision during treatment, it is recommended to switch to glasses.
There are well-founded reasons for such restrictions: contact lenses, like a foreign body on the surface of the eye, on the one hand, can increase the severity of the inflammatory reaction of the eyelid, and on the other hand, can contribute to the spread of infection to other parts of the eyeball and its adnexa.
Very often, a developing chalazion is mistaken for barley, which is a consequence of inflammation in the area of the clogged meibomian gland in the thickness of the cartilaginous plate of the eyelid. In appearance, this is most often a more deeply located rounded formation, which, unlike barley, can reach quite large sizes. And for the elimination of which, it is often necessary to use surgical methods of treatment.
It is categorically impossible to try to squeeze out or remove the abscess on your own — this can lead to the spread of infection and the formation of more serious inflammatory processes, up to passing to the periorbital tissue.
Which lenses are better to choose for barley
With the development of barley, it is worth abandoning any lenses, even one-day ones. If you have used lenses with a longer replacement period, you should throw them away, even if the allowable period of use has not yet ended by the time the inflammation begins. As the process subsides and passes (by about 7–10 days from the onset of inflammation), it will be possible to return to contact correction. It is recommended 2–3 weeks after inflammation to use daily lenses that do not require maintenance and are safer in terms of infection.
What is the difference between lenses with barley and ordinary
No specific types of lenses are used for this pathology.
After the stye is completely healed, you can use the usual lens options. In the period of acute manifestations, even one-day and the highest quality lenses should not be used. You can only use glasses with diopters selected for the features of refraction.
Reviews of doctors about lenses for barley
– When a patient is treated for any acute inflammatory disease of the eyelids, including barley, it is strongly recommended to exclude the wearing of any contact lenses until complete recovery in order to prevent possible infectious complications, – says ophthalmologist Fatimat Khulamkhanova. – The main method of treatment in such cases is usually local antibiotic therapy. The prognosis is favorable in most cases.
Popular questions and answers
We discussed with ophthalmologist FatimatKhulamkhanova the problem of wearing contact lenses in the presence of barley, clarified the problems of using contact correction.