Can styes be prevented?

The best way to prevent a sty is by practicing good hygiene around your face and eyes, including:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often and especially before touching your face and eyes.
  • Wash your hands before and after removing contact lenses. Clean contacts with disinfectant and lens cleaning solution. Discard daily wear or other “limited use” lenses on the schedule recommended by your eye doctor.
  • Wash your face to remove dirt and/or makeup before going to bed.
  • Throw away all old or expired makeup. Replace mascara and eye shadow every 2 to 3 months. Never share or use another person’s makeup.

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