Styes

A stye, or hordeolum, develops when an eyelid gland at the base of an eyelash becomes infected. Resembling a pimple on the eyelid, a stye can grow on the inside or outside of the lid. Styes are not harmful to vision, and they can occur at any age.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Styes

A stye initially brings eye pain, redness, tenderness, and swelling in the area.  Then a small pimple appears. Sometimes just the immediate area is swollen and other times, the entire eyelid swells. You may notice frequent watering in the affected eye, a feeling like something is in the eye, or increased light sensitivity.

 

What Causes Styes?

Styes are caused by staphylococcal bacteria. This bacterium is often found in the nose. It is easily transferred to the eye by rubbing first your nose and then your eye.

 

Treatment for Styes

Most styes heal within a few days on their own. You can encourage this process by applying warm compresses for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day, and over the course of several days. This will relieve the pain and bring the stye to a head, much like a pimple. The stye ruptures, drains, and then heals.

 

Never "pop" a stye like a pimple. Allow it to rupture on its own. If you have frequent styes, your eye doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to prevent a recurrence. Styes formed inside the eyelid either disappear completely, or rarely rupture on their own. This type of stye can be more serious and may need to be opened and drained by your eyecare practitioner.

 

Chalazion: Another Type of Eyelid Bump

Often mistaken for a stye, a chalazion is an enlarged, blocked oil gland in the eyelid. A chalazion mimics a stye for the first few days and then turns into a painless, hard, round, bump later on. Most chalazions develop further from the eyelid edge than styes.

 

Although the same treatment speeds the healing of a chalazion, the bump may linger for one to several months. If the chalazion remains after several months, your eye doctor may drain it or inject a steroid to facilitate healing.

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20301 N. Hayden Road  |  Suite 100  |  Scottsdale,  AZ 85255

Phone:  (480) 991-0509

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E-mail: info@opticsaz.com

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Optics of Scottsdale

20301 N. Hayden Road  |  Suite 100  |  Scottsdale,  AZ 85255

Phone:  (480) 991-0509  |  Fax: (480) 419-9515

E-mail: info@opticsaz.com

Hours of Operation

Monday  -  Thursday:  9am - 6pm

Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: 9am - 2pm

Accepted Insurance

Avesis  |  BCBS-Most plans  |  Blue View Vision

Eyemed  |  Humana  | Superior Vision  |  VSP

Medicare-Services benefits