If you have conjunctivitis you don’t need to stay off work or keep your children out of school. But you should ensure that you avoid spreading the infection by making sure you wash your hands regularly with warm, soapy water, You should also wash your towels, face cloths and pillows regularly and don’t let anyone else use them until you are symptom-free. If you usually wear contact lenses, don’t wear them until your eyes are better.
You can treat your stye yourself by using a warm compress, such as a flannel soaked in warm water, or a heat pack you can heat in the microwave, and holding it against your stye for 5-10 minutes, three or four times a day. This will encourage the stye to burst. Do not try and burst the stye yourself as this can spread the infection. Avoid wearing makeup and contact lenses until the stye has gone, and don’t share your towels and flannels.
If your stye does not go after two or three weeks or is affecting your vision, make an appointment with your GP, who can burst it safely for you or refer you to an eye specialist in the hospital.
After some months or years, some people notice that their vision becomes cloudy or misty again in the eye where the cataract has been removed. This is not the cataract returning, but is due to the sac which contains the replacement lens clouding up. This cloudiness can be removed by painless laser treatment in a matter of minutes. Contact your optometrist if you are worried that this is happening to you.