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Blepharitis and contact lens wear: tips for contact lens users

Mr Tariq Ayoub - 6 Apr 2024

For those who revel in the convenience and visual clarity offered by contact lenses, blepharitis can pose a unique set of challenges. Blepharitis, characterised by inflammation of the eyelids, can lead to discomfort and potential complications for contact lens wearers. However, with proper care and attention, individuals can enjoy contact lenses’ benefits while managing blepharitis effectively.

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Understanding the Challenge:

Blepharitis and contact lenses may seem like an unlikely pairing. However, the combination can cause issues such as increased dryness, irritation, a heightened susceptibility to infections, and conjunctivitis. Contact lenses can exacerbate the symptoms of blepharitis, making it crucial for wearers to adopt a meticulous approach to eye care.


Tip 1: Prioritise Eyelid Hygiene

Effective eyelid hygiene, with a regular compress with a hot flannel or an eyebag followed by gentle massaging of the eyelids, is the cornerstone of managing blepharitis for contact lens users. Gently cleanse the eyelids using a mild, preservative-free eyelid cleanser. Use a clean cotton pad or swab to remove any debris or crust that may accumulate along the lash line. This simple daily routine helps prevent the build-up of bacteria and relieves irritation.


Tip 2: Opt for Daily Disposable Lenses

If you are prone to blepharitis, consider switching to daily disposable contact lenses. These lenses eliminate the need for cleaning solutions and lens cases, reducing the risk of bacterial contamination. This approach promotes better eye hygiene and ensures a fresh pair of lenses daily.


Tip 3: Regular Breaks for Blinking and Lubrication

Extended periods of contact lens wear can contribute to dry eyes, a common concern for those with blepharitis. Schedule regular breaks to allow your eyes to blink naturally and maintain moisture. Additionally, consider using preservative-free lubricating eye drops to alleviate dryness and enhance comfort. This routine also reduces the symptoms of eye strain. Read more about strategies to reduce eye strain here.


Tip 4: Consult Your Eye Doctor Regularly

Engage in open communication with your eye doctor about your blepharitis symptoms and your use of contact lenses. Regular eye examinations are essential to monitor your eye health, assess the impact of blepharitis, and adjust your contact lens prescription or care routine as needed.

At Oculase, we offer comprehensive eye examinations to ensure your eyes are in good health.


Tip 5: Avoid Makeup on Inflamed Eyelids

While makeup can enhance your appearance, it is advisable to refrain from applying cosmetics to inflamed eyelids. Makeup particles can exacerbate irritation and hinder the healing process. Prioritise the health of your eyes and opt for makeup-free days when experiencing blepharitis flare-ups.


Tip 6: Consider IPL Treatment for Your Blepharitis

Intense pulse light (IPL) treatment is an effective and pain-free treatment for blepharitis. It improves the quality of tears and provides symptomatic relief for dry eyes, which are exacerbated with contact lens wear. The light pulses in IPL help open up the blocked glands and close the abnormal vessels. You can learn more about IPL treatment here.

If you suffer from blepharitis or wish to consider IPL treatment, consult our eye specialist today.


Tip 7: Get Rid of Your Contact Lenses with Laser Eye Surgery

Contact lens use can exacerbate your blepharitis and cause dry eyes and corneal ulcers. These risks can lead to blindness. Laser eye surgery, including LASIK surgery, PRK surgery, and implantable contact lens (ICL) surgery, are excellent options for people struggling with contact lens use. Read our article on whether contact lens or laser eye surgery is a better option for you.

Book a free consultation to discuss your options for vision correction surgery.


Managing blepharitis as a contact lens wearer requires a proactive and attentive approach to eye care. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can strike a balance between enjoying the convenience of contact lenses and maintaining optimal eye health. Remember, consulting with your eye care professional is crucial for personalised advice and ongoing support in managing blepharitis effectively.

If you are suffering from blepharitis or wish to discuss options for vision correction surgery, contact us today.

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About the author

Mr Tariq Ayoub
Mr Tariq Ayoub, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Mr Ayoub has been rated as one of the top eye surgeons in the UK. He is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, one of the largest NHS trusts in England. He is also the Lead for the Emergency Department at Western Eye Hospital, as part of the Imperial College Trust.

Mr Ayoub completed his Ophthalmology training at the prestigious London School of Ophthalmology, namely at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Royal Free Hospital. During his career, he has received many prestigious awards from national and international organisations for his work in the field of ophthalmology.

His clinical interests include treatment for cataracts, vision correction, corneal disease, eye-lid disorders, trauma, and general ophthalmology. Mr Ayoub prides himself on the high quality of his work. With his extensive experience, he can holistically manage complex eye conditions to deliver the best care for his patients.

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