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A Stye is a red quite painful sore or lump that appears on the edge of the eyelid. Apart from being painful, it is also very unattractive. 

A Stye is the result of an infected eyelash follicle. While they are not serious, the sooner it gets looked at the better for pain relief and cosmetic reasons.

A stye, also known as a 'sty', hordeolum or cyst, is a pimple like lump that can develop on the inside or outside edge of the eyelids. Styes can also occur when the meibomian glands of the eyelids become blocked resulting in a build up of sebum (oil and mucus produced by the meibomian glands). They may also arise as a result of infection in the meibomian glands.

They seem to be related to blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction.

Styes can occur at any age. The signs of a stye are generally redness, swelling and tenderness of the affected area. Styes generally do not affect the vision. 

Stye Treatment

Styes usually resolve on their own however you can encourage the healing process by applying a hot compress to the affected area for 10 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.  A hot compress can be made by soaking a face cloth in pre-boiled water. Wring the cloth out and a low to it cool a little before applying it to the affected area so as not to scold your skin. 

Never squeeze a stye.  This can force the germ backwards into the gland and cause it to scar.  

If the stye recurs book a consultation at The Eye Practice as it is likely that any underlying blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction will require expert treatment.  It is not uncommon to require an oral antibiotic such as Keflex in the acute stage and occasionally doxycycline to keep thinsg in check.

PLEASE READ: The information given under Eye Conditions is of a general nature and is not intended to be advice on any particular matter. Please take the appropriate Optometrical advice before acting on any information given under Eye Conditions of The Eye Practice web-site.

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