Do I have a stye?

A stye (or “hordeolum”) occurs when oil glands along eyelids become infected. This infection is due to bacteria that naturally live along our eyelids. Typically these bacteria are harmless and do not create problems. Problems arise from clogged oil glands near the eyelid’s edge. Bacteria replicate easily in a clogged gland. Swelling, redness, and pain occur from this process as our immune system tries to fight the bacterial infection.

There are three main treatment options. Conservative therapy include warm compresses and antibiotics. Eye drops are typically ineffective at treating styes. Second, a small amount of liquid steroid can be injected to melt away the lid lesion. Excision simply removes the lesion and has a high success rate.

Styes are common problems we routinely treat. If you have redness, swelling, and tenderness along an eyelid, stop by today! 419-521-3937

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