WHAT IS A STYE?
A stye (or hordeolum) appears in the form of an inflamed oil gland on the margin of the eyelid. It appears as a red, swollen nodule that resembles to a pimple on the eyelid. It is common that styes are filled with pus.
- A red lump that is similar to a boil or a pimple on the eyelid
- Eyelid pain
- Eyelid swelling
Your eye specialist can diagnose a stye just by examining your eyelid. Doctors can sometimes use a light and a magnifying device to examine the eyelid.
We can prescribe antibiotics to treat a stye, If the condition does not get better with this, an ophthalmologist can suggest surgery.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Risk factors for stye include:
- Touch your eyes with unwashed hands
- Insert your contact lenses without thoroughly disinfecting them or washing your hands first
- Leave on eye makeup overnight
- Use old or expired cosmetics
- Have blepharitis, a chronic inflammation along the edge of the eyelid
- Have rosacea, a skin condition characterized by facial redness