What Is a Stye and How Does It Affect Your Eyes?

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 18-Dec-2013

ellensmallIf you’ve ever felt the pain of a small, pimple-like spot on your eyelid, it was more than likely a stye.

A stye is a red, swollen and tender spot that resembles a pimple and appears on the inside or outside of the eyelid. It occurs when the secretion glands become infected. In most cases, only the immediate area around the infection becomes inflamed, though it can cause swelling in the entire eyelid.

The bad news: A stye can be contagious, is often very painful and is sometimes accompanied by watering, increased light sensitivity, and the sensation that there is something in your eye.

The good news: A stye does not typically cause vision problems and should go away on its own (although it sometimes may need to be drained by your eye doctor).

What Causes Styes?

A stye is caused by the staphylococcal bacteria, which is found in the nose and easily transferred to the eye. Rubbing your nose and then your eye can spread the bacteria to your eye, resulting in infection. But the staph bacterium isn’t the only cause of styes; improper eye hygiene can also cause the painful red bumps on the eyelid.

How Can A Stye Be Treated?

Styes rarely require medical intervention, and most treatments can be done at home. However, frequent stye occurrences may require professional attention and perhaps prescription antibiotic medication. Call to schedule an appointment today if you notice a stye or eyelid pain. Likely the doctor may just recommend warm compresses but it should not go untreated.

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