A "stye" is the layman's term for an active infection of an eyelash follicle, or Hordeolum. Hordeolums are typically painful to the touch, red, and inflamed. They can appear on the upper or lower lid.
What Causes a "Stye" to Form?
Natural bacteria on the eyelids have the potential to accumulate at the eyelash base and can cause irritation under the right conditions. This results in an eyelid condition called Blepharitis. Overactive or clogged oil glands can cause inflammation and irritation that are much more difficult to treat without professional advice. Makeup can also cause infections of the eyelids, which is why it is important to follow a daily eyelid hygiene routine!
How Do I Treat Recurrent Styes?
Active infections are often treated with hot compresses, such as a heated eye mask, for 15-20 minutes 2-3 times per day. In many cases, treatment involved an oral antibiotic to shorten the duration of infection and prevent a permanent nodule, a Chalazion, from forming. Chalazions are the inactive, benign lump that may form in the eyelid after the infection is resolved. These may take weeks to months to resolve, but may need to be removed surgically for cosmetic purposes.
Do you have recurrent styes on your lids that just won’t go away? We can help!
Consult with an Optometrist at Ives Eyecare for different treatment options.