A stye is an inflamed bump on your eyelid that could lead to light sensitivity, tearing, and tenderness of the eyelid. Discovering a stye can be an alarming experience but they are actually quite common. However, in serious cases, a stye can impair your vision and damage your eyes. It’s important to be informed on styes in case you find yourself with one. At Medical Arts Eye Clinic, we are here to give you all the information you need on the causes, remedies, and preventions of styes.
What is a Stye?
A stye is a common, painful inflammation of the eyelid. They usually form on the outside of the eyelid, at the edge of the eyelashes, but can also form on the inside of the eyelid. Symptoms of a stye include redness and swelling of the eyelid, as well as tenderness or pain. The eyelid may also feel itchy and be difficult to move or keep open. Sometimes, the stye can cause discharge or crusting on the eyelid and eyelashes.
Causes of Styes
Poor hygiene can make you more susceptible to styes. Styes are caused by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus, which typically lives on the surface of the skin. The bacteria can get into the eyelid when you touch your eyes with your fingers or with contaminated items like makeup brushes or lenses.
Eyelid trauma can also lead to styes. Eyelid trauma can be caused by rubbing or pulling your eyelids, damaging the tiny oil glands at the base of the eyelashes, and allowing bacteria to enter.
Conditions like dry eyes can increase your risk for styes as well. When the eyelid isn’t properly lubricated, bacteria can build up and cause an infection.
Lastly, certain health conditions, such as diabetes, can make you more prone to styes. Diabetes can weaken your immune system, making you more vulnerable to bacterial infections.
Remedies of Styes
Most styes will heal on their own with proper hygiene and care. To reduce the swelling and pain of a stye, you can apply a warm compress to the affected area for 10-15 minutes a few times a day. This can also help the stye to open and drain. To prevent bacterial infection, make sure you clean your hands before touching the affected area and avoid sharing pillows, towels, and other items with other people. If the stye does not clear up within a few days, you should see a doctor. Your doctor will be able to prescribe antibiotics if needed. It is important to get treatment for a stye as it can cause complications if left untreated.
Prevention of Styes
Styes are common, but you can reduce your risk of developing one by practicing good hygiene and avoiding sharing items with other people. Be sure to always wash your hands effectively before touching areas around your eyes. If you find you get styes often, try carefully cleaning off excess oils from the edges of your lids. You can do this by using a gentle shampoo and warm water. Fish oil taken by mouth may help prevent the plugging of oil glands. If you develop a stye, take steps to reduce the swelling and pain and seek medical attention if needed.
How We Can Help!
Medical Arts Eye Clinic is your leading eye care practice. We understand the importance of regular, in-depth eye care. Whether you have developed a stye, need your prescription updated, or are ready for your annual check-up, we are here for you. Schedule an appointment today!