Stye Issues

Have you ever had a red bump that formed on or in your eyelid? It can be painful and unsightly. Chances are that this bump is the result of a blocked gland and is called a stye. Let’s take a closer look at this eye issue, what causes it, and what treatment techniques you can use to get relief from the pain.

What Causes a Stye to Form?

Styes occur when a gland in or on the eyelid becomes plugged or blocked.  A hordeolum stye is a blockage of one of the sweat glands found in the skin of the lid and base of the eyelashes. A chalazion sty is a blockage of a meibomian gland which forms a single row on each lid. Items that could block either gland includes: makeup, scar tissue, dust, or any foreign substance.

Symptoms of a Stye

While you may not recognize the initial symptoms the first time you get a stye, they include:  redness, tenderness, and pain in the affected area. You may think you are getting a pimple on your eyelid. Later signs and symptoms of a stye may include: swelling, discomfort during blinking of the eye, watering of the eye and sensitivity to light. Many times a sty has a small, yellowish spot at the center of the bump that represents pus rising to the surface. For the most part, styes do not cause vision issues but rather physical issues to the eyelid itself.

Treatment or Relief from Styes

Most styes heal on their own after a few days. To get relief from the tenderness and pain, you may want to try a warm compress that you hold up to your eye for 10-15 minutes at a time. Doing this three to four times a day may give you some relief and make the stye begin to drain after the “pimple-like” head ruptures. Be sure to allow the stye to rupture on its own. If the stye continues, your eye doctor may want to see it and rupture in the office and prescribe an antibiotic ointment that will prevent recurrence.

If you find that you commonly have stye issues talk to your eye doctor. Call us at Independent Eye Care at Danvers: 978-774-4500     Beverly: 978-921-5000     Topsfield: 978-887-0068


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