For further information about stye treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vicki Lin and Dr. Jennifer Yong at iSight Vision Care in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach, California.
A stye is a small, red, painful lump that grows from the base of your eyelash or under your eyelid. Most styes are caused by a bacterial infection. It happens when the eyelid’s oil glands clog up and are infected by bacteria. As a stye grows, your eyelid may get red, swollen, and often tender to the touch. Sometimes, the whole eyelid might swell.
Anyone can get a stye. But you are even more likely if you have blepharitis, certain skin conditions (such as rosacea), or diabetes.
At the first signs of a stye, use a warm compress to the eyelid for 10-15 minutes at a time, 3-5 times a day. The heat will help the clogged oil gland to open and drain. You can also gently massage the area with a clean finger to help the gland clear itself. If this does not work, call our office for an appointment. We may need to use certain antibiotics, steroid shots, or surgery to drain the area.